Interview with Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar
Conducted by Robert Williams
Filmed by Andy Gonzales
Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres
There are very few bands that can exist solely on notoriety alone and the Norwegian second wave black metal pioneers Mayhem can almost lay claim to bearing such a reputation. Touring the U.S. is a daunting and unwaveringly tough challenge for any foreign metal band, leave alone touring behind a four year old record. I should also add that after reaching out to a publicist friend over at Season Of Mist for an interview with the band, I was informed that "The policy is NO INTERVIEWS….no anything" on their current trek across North America. Touring with no new record and shunning press? Now that is a bold move! A bold move that only the reigning kings of True Norwegian Black Metal could get away with.
On the day of the show, I was granted a last minute interview with Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar who I had contacted shortly after being informed about the "No Interviews" thing by the band’s publicist. After spending all morning preparing questions and researching the latest ongoing happenings within the inner circle of darkness that is Mayhem; we arrived at the venue. It’s early December and a wet and cold night on the streets of Austin. After checking in with the tour manager we come to find out that Attila cannot be accounted for and we agree to check back on the hour.
A quick trip to the pub later and the clock is still ticking. Pitchers of beer are downed, inhibitions weakened and responsibilities… "What’s that? Oh yeah! Let’s check back with the tour manager, we gotta do this interview!" Texts are exchanged and it is confirmed that Attila has returned from an evening walk down Austin’s live music mecca, otherwise known as Sixth Street, to visit the famed "Museum Of The Weird" and is now ready to do the interview.
Attila is well mannered, good humored and polite. The smell of sweet pipe tobacco emanating from a Sherlock Holmes fashioned pipe fills the front of the tourbus as Attila discusses the band’s plans to create a follow up to "Ordo Ad Chao" the addition of the band’s latest guitarist Teloch who took over duties for the departed Blasphemer, his memories of recording the now legendary "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" album, not to mention how he originally met Euronymous and Dead, his current view of Varg Vikernes and much more…
I’d like to thank Attila for being cool about doing the interview and I hope you all enjoy watching it!