Attila Csihar

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Attila Csihar
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Attila Csihar performing with Mayhem at Jalometalli 2008 in Oulu, Finland
Background information
Birth nameAttila Gábor Csihar
Also known asVoid ov Voices
Born (1971-03-29) 29 March 1971 (age 47)
OriginBudapest, Hungary
GenresBlack metal, drone metal
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1985–present
LabelsSouthern Lord
Associated actsAborym, Burial Chamber Trio, Grave Temple, Korog, Mayhem, Plasma Pool, Sinsaenum, Sunn O))), Tormentor, Anaal Nathrakh, Void ov Voices, Belphegor

Attila Csihar (Hungarian: [ˈɒtillɒ ˈt͡ʃihɒr]; born 29 March 1971), also sometimes known as Void, is a Hungarian extreme metal vocalist, best known for his vocal work in Norwegian black metal band Mayhem and American drone-doom project Sunn O))). Author Ian Christe describes his vocals as "operatic."[1]

Biography[edit]

Attila Csihar performing with Mayhem at Inferno Metal Festival in 2010.

His music career began in 1985 in the Hungarian metal band Tormentor, which reached cult status in black metal circles with their first album, Anno Domini. On the strength of his work in Tormentor, he was invited to perform vocals on the De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas album by Norwegian black metal band Mayhem after then-vocalist Dead committed suicide. When Csihar first joined Mayhem, he was "grossed out" at the pig heads and dead animals on stage. Csihar, who stated in an interview with the magazine Revolver that he, being a vegetarian at the time, conceded, "I was freaked out myself... Like, fuck, I don't know if I want to do this."[2]

Void ov Voices live in Malmö, 2011
Attila Csihar performing with Mayhem at Hole In The Sky 2011

After Mayhem, Csihar continued to work in various bands, such as Plasma Pool, Aborym, and Korog; he also performed as Caiaphas in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar in Hungary. He briefly performed in Keep of Kalessin as well.

He is considered a shadow member of the American doom/drone metal band Sunn O))).[3] He has recorded five full-length albums with the group, including the most successful Monoliths & Dimensions, and performed live with the band on their worldwide tours.

In 2004, Csihar rejoined Mayhem after the departure of Maniac, the band's previous vocalist. Their 2007 album, Ordo ad Chao, won the Spellemannprisen (also known as the Norwegian Grammy). Since then the band has embarked upon intense international touring.

He has also joined Greg Anderson of Sunn O))) and Oren Ambarchi in a project called Burial Chamber Trio, and in another project, Gravetemple with Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))) and Oren Ambarchi.

Since 2007, Csihar had been hiring Egyptian artist Nader Sadek to create masks for his live performances, both in Sunn O))) and Mayhem. Csihar has worn Sadek's masks on tours. Additionally, Csihar invited Sadek to create an installation as a set for Mayhem's 2009 summer tour BlackenedFest.[2]

Csihar started his solo act in November 2008, called Void ov Voices. The group's live performances have been in support of artists like Ulver, Bohren& der Club of Gore, Lustmord, Ruin and Diamanda Galas. He performed at "The Grand Reincarnation" Of Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery & Tattoo Theatre.

He has collaborated with such artists as Current 93, Jarboe, Dissection, Emperor, Taake, Ulver, Toby Knapp, Banks Violette, and Nader Sadek, the artist behind Csihar's masks with Sunn O))) and Mayhem.

In 2016, Csihar joined blackened death metal supergroup Sinsaenum. He would perform lead vocals alongside Sean Zatorsky of Dååth, with DragonForce bassist and group founder Frédéric Leclercq and Loudblast guitarist Stéphane Buriez on guitars, Seth guitarist Heimoth on bass, and former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison on drums. The band released its debut album Echoes of the Tortured on July 29, 2016 via earMUSIC.

Outside of music, Csihar graduated as an electrical engineer from a technical college,[4] and used to be a private teacher of math and physics.[5]

He worked in film production, most notably on Tony Scott's Spy Game, where he was the first assistant of production designer Norris Spencer.

Discography[edit]

Tormentor[edit]

  • The Seventh Day of Doom (1987)
  • Anno Domini (1988)
  • Recipe Ferrum! (1999)

Mayhem[edit]

Plasma Pool[edit]

  • I (1991–1994)
  • II – Drowning (1991–1993)
  • III – Sinking (unreleased album)

Aborym[edit]

Limbonic Art[edit]

Korog[edit]

  • Korog (2005)

Attila Csihar[edit]

  • The Beast of Attila Csihar (2003, compilation album)

Void of Voices[edit]

  • 777 (2012, Live Album, Japan Tour Exclusive)

Anaal Nathrakh[edit]

Keep Of Kalessin[edit]

Emperor[edit]

  • Scattered Ashes (guest vocals on "Funeral Fog", Mayhem cover, 2003)

Sear Bliss[edit]

  • Glory and Perdition (additional vocals in "Birth of Eternity" and "Shores of Death", 2003)

Sunn O)))[edit]

Astarte[edit]

Burial Chamber Trio[edit]

Grave Temple[edit]

  • The Holy Down (2007?)
  • Ambient/Ruin (2008)
  • Impassable Fears (2017)

YcosaHateRon[edit]

  • La Nuit (2007)

Stephen O'Malley[edit]

  • 6°Fskyquake (2008)

Jarboe[edit]

  • Mahakali (guest vocals on "The Soul Continues", 2008)

Skitliv[edit]

  • Skandinavisk Misantropi (additional vocals on "ScumDrug", 2009)

Nader Sadek[edit]

Dynasty of Darkness[edit]

  • Empire of Pain (guest vocals on one track,[6] 2010)

Ulver[edit]

DivahaR[edit]

  • Divarise (guest vocals on "Blindness") 2014[8]

Divahar is an all-female symphonic black metal band from Yerevan, Armenia.

Alien Vampires[edit]

  • Drag You To Hell (guest vocals on "The Divinity Of Solitude") 2015

Sinsaenum[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christe, Ian (2003). Sound of the Beast: the Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal. New York, New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc. p. 275.
  2. ^ a b "Attila Csihar - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". www.metal-archives.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. ^ Interview for french online magazine Les Eternels, Dec 2007. http://www.leseternels.net/interviews.aspx?id=112
  4. ^ "interview with Attila Csihar". voidfrontpress.org. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Attila Csihar - Faster Than Sound - Artist BiographyFaster than Sound". www.fasterthansound.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  6. ^ Death of Desire – Hellhammer Added to Line-Up bravewords.com. 2009-10-04. Retrieved on 2009-11-10.
  7. ^ Credits from Discogs discogs.com. 2011-04-18. Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  8. ^ "DivahaR". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.

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