Andrew Liles (NURSE WITH WOUND, THE VORTEX VAULT, CURRENT 93), one of the world's most respected experimental musicians, is collaborating with Maniac (SKITLIV, BOMBEROS, ex-MAYHEM), one of the icons of black metal, to on SEHNSUCHT, the ambient/noise project launched by the vocalist following his departure from MAYHEM. Originally a three-piece — comprising Maniac's fiancée, GALLHAMMER's Vivian Slaughter, on bass and saxophone, and SKITLIV guitarist Ingvar Magnusson — SEHNSUCHT will feature Liles on FX and electronics, and will see him working alongside Maniac on the sound design.
The decision to work together came last week when Maniac, on a month-long working holiday in the U.K., went to Liles' West Yorkshire home to master the forthcoming SKITLIV album, "Skandinavisk Misantropi", and to discuss the eventual mastering of the SEHNSUCHT album. "We were listening to the very rough SEHNSUCHT tracks and Andrew started making suggestions and rapidly became very involved in the whole thing," Maniac said. "By the end of a couple of hours, I was completely blown away by what he was doing, and by the end of my stay, we had laid down additional vocals and a lot more electronics, and we were both convinced that we wanted to expand this project together, and eventually take it live." He continued "I have long admired Andrew's work, and even though on the face of it, we appear to come from disparate musical disciplines, we both share the same eclectic musical tastes, and pretty much the same absurd sense of humor, so it's not only a privilege, but also a pleasure to work with him and take SEHNSUCHT much further than I'd originally envisaged. Once Vivian sends more bass tracks later this week, the whole project will become much more cohesive, and all four of us are very excited about the direction SEHNSUCHT is taking."
Unlike SEHNSUCHT, Maniac's SKTILIV, whose line up includes SHINING's Niklas Kvarforth on guitars and backing vocals, SEHNSUCHT's Ingvar on guitars, and HAUST's Dag Otto on drums, is a band that plays "blackened doom." Recently signed with Season Of Mist, SKITLIV's first full-length album, "Skandinavisk Misantropi", is due for release this year and includes guest vocals from David Tibet (CURRENT 93), Gaahl (GOD SEED, WARDRUNA, GORGOROTH) and Atilla Csihar (SUNN 0))), MAYHEM).
SEHNSUCHT's debut album will be released later in the year via U.K.'s Cold Spring Records.
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