According to Terrorizer magazine, Norwegian/Hungarian black metallers MAYHEM have revealed that they recently smuggled in real human remains to use as part of their stage show at Hellfest in Clisson, France.
"They were all human remains skulls and bones on the stage of MAYHEM's 'Liberation By Evil' performance at Hellfest," stated frontman Attila Csihar. "It was [done] for spiritual reasons, not for sensation. To stand and sing from the 'Altar Of Death' in front of 8,000 people at Hellfest was extreme and important both artistically and personally that feeling is just indescribable." He added, "I am not sure if it's the best idea to say officially that we used real human bones on our performance. However, it is the simple truth. We are MAYHEM and I am Attila, I always say the truth, nothing more and nothing less. I would like to thank our people and Hellfest for the help to make this great action happen, and also to our fans for the eternal support!"
Fan-filmed video footage of MAYHEM's June 17, 2011 performance at Hellfest can be seen below.
MAYHEM recently parted ways with French guitarist Silmaeth (ex-VORKREIST) and replaced him with Teloch (NIDINGR, GOD SEED, OV HELL).
Commented MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar: "MAYHEM have decided to step forward and invite Teloch into the MAYHEM brotherhood, replacing Silmaeth on guitars.
"Teloch is a longtime friend and a great guitarist.
"MAYHEM would like to thank Silmaeth for his full dedication towards the band for the last two years, we wish him all success in his musical career!
Teloch added: "After many years in the Norwegian metal scene, doing all sorts of extreme metal in numerous bands, I finally hit the bullseye and joined my old friends in MAYHEM!"
MAYHEM's current live formation is as follows:
Attila Csihar: Vocals
Necrobutcher (a.k.a. Jrn Stubberud): Bass
Hellhammer (a.k.a. Jan Axel Blomberg): Drums
Morfeus (a.k.a. Krister Dreyer): Guitar