MAYHEM Bassist Says Former Singer MANIAC 'F*cked It All Up In The End'

According to a posting on MAYHEM's official web site, the Norwegian black metallers' previously announced February 11 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia has been cancelled by the authorities who do not wish to have the band performing in their country. MAYHEM were previously forced to call off their Malaysian date in Kuala Lumpur for the same reason.

MAYHEM have set "Ordo Ab Chao" as the title of their new album, tentatively due late spring/early summer via Season of Mist. The band's upcoming CD will mark their first release with vocalist Attila Csihar (TORMENTOR, ABORYM) since their 1993 album, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas".

Csihar joined MAYHEM in November 2004 as the replacement for departed singer Maniac (real name: Sven Erik Kristiansen).

In a recent interview with Decibel magazine (web site), MAYHEM bassist Necrobutcher (real name: Jørn Stubberud) said about Attila's addition to the group, "It's the inspiration we all needed in MAYHEM. To be honest, Maniac fucked it all up in the end with too much alcohol and too little rehearsing. Now Attila is more committed to the band than almost all three of us together, and that inspires us too. The songs from the rehearsal place sound great. We still have the same aggressiveness. Everything you want from MAYHEM is there. We didn't give in to any kind of commercial thoughts in any way. . . It's a step from our last album again. If you have our discography, then you will see that every album is completely different, which has something to do with the fact that we usually take two or three or four years in between each recording. There's only so much you can do with a guitar and a drum kit and a bass. We want to show our fans and ourselves that MAYHEM will always be quality over quantity. I'm pleased to say that we have released 38 songs in 21 years. It's all those bootlegs that make the MAYHEM collection look so fucking huge."

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