MAYHEM Comments On MARDUK's Absence From 'Blackenedfest' Tour

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM, who kicked off the Blackenedfest North American tour this past Thursday (May 21) in New York City, have issued the following update:

"There has been a lot of confusion around the MARDUK [the Swedish black metal band which was supposed to take part in Blackenedfest] situation. They are not playing tonight at the show in Orlando, Florida. What will happen for the future of this tour is currently unknown. We want to stress that MAYHEM has absolutely nothing to do with this situation. We didn't have any information about what is going on at all, there were many different rumors flying around, and unfortunately the only thing we know is that the band is not here. Why? We don't know! Thank you for your patience!"

Blackenedfest also features CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION and WITHERED.

MAYHEM recently announced the addition of French guitarist Silmaeth (ex-VORKREIST) to the group's touring lineup. He said in a statement, "It's a great honor for me to join such a legend. My experience with MAYHEM has been extremely positive so far. Within the band, we all have a very good feeling about this new lineup, as the songs have become more solid and intense now with the addition of a second guitar."

MAYHEM's current live formation is as follows:

Attila Csihar: Vocals
Necrobutcher (a.k.a. Jørn Stubberud): Bass
Hellhammer (a.k.a. Jan Axel Blomberg): Drums
Morfeus (a.k.a. Krister Dreyer): Guitar
Silmaeth: Guitar


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