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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New video from Suchthaus, Mayhem's Hellhammer joins band as full-time member

"I Have Decided to Follow Jesus", a new video from Suchthaus, the band formed by sculptor Spacebrain, and for whom imagery is an integral aspect of their music, has just been released. Featured in the video are Spacebrain's daughter and her boyfriend, along with Petter Pogo, the bass player with one of Norway's most popular pop bands Jokke And Valentinerne, as well as Suchthaus members Fruen and Ingvar, and Spacebrain himself . Filmed entirely in the hallway of Spacebrain's home in Oslo, the video gives a claustrophobic and disturbing view of religion. "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" can be seen here.

Work is nearing completion on Suchthaus' sophomore album "Motorbrain", which, according to the band, is a pure metal album, but one that focuses on different nuances within the genre. Drums on the album are by Mayhem's Hellhammer, who originally contributed as a session drummer, but has now joined Spacebrain (vocals and bass), co-founder Fruen (vocals and guitars), Ingvar (guitars) and AD/HD (bass) as a full-time member of the band. Currently undergoing mastering, "Motorbrain", which includes a guest appearance by Shining's Niklas Kvarforth, will be released on Suchthaus' own label Rollabigone on a date as yet to be announced. .

German born Spacebrain, who has lived in Norway for many years, is known not only for his sculptures, but also for his iconic stage sets for bands such as Mayhem, recently decided to move his workshop to France so that he could once again work on his sculpting. "It is prohibitively expensive to buy or rent a space in Norway large enough to house a workshop, especially for the size of some of the sculptures I produce, so we found a farm off the beaten track in Brittany, where I can once again find the peace and energy I need for my art. We will still be living in Norway, so Suchthaus will not be affected, but we will be travelling to Brittany regularly, and spending most of the summers there. The place needs a fair amount of work on it, but it's just the kind of place I need to kick start my sculpting again". Examples of Spacebrain's art can be seen here.

Suchthaus' music is not easily categorised, in fact, it's impossible to pigeon hole it, which is exactly how the band wants it, because it gives them free rein to create whatever kind of music they want, without being hobbled by preconceptions and genre restrictions. The band's debut album "The Dark Side and the Bright Side", which included collaborations from musicians such Maniac (Skitliv, ex-Mayhem), Current 93’s David Tibet, Fredrik A. Juell (Burning Rubber, Berserk Bastards) and singer Sibob Jawara was a clear illustration of how eclectic the band really is. As far as "Motorbrain's" "metal" orientation goes, it's not likely to be a direction that the band has any intention of following in the future. As Spacebrain says " I feel this is our contribution to metal, the next album has to be different as this darkness is twisting my mind. Maybe a hippie project would be more kind to my soul?"

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