Legendary Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM recently announced the addition of French guitarist Silmaeth (ex-VORKREIST; pictured below) to the group’s touring lineup.

He said in a statement, “It’s a great honor for me to join such a legend. My experience with MAYHEM has been extremely positive so far. Within the band, we all have a very good feeling about this new lineup, as the songs have become more solid and intense now with the addition of a second guitar. I’m really looking forward to hitting the stage for the first time with MAYHEM in Germany on April 18!”

MAYHEM’s current live formation is as follows:

Attila Csihar: Vocals
Necrobutcher (a.k.a. Jørn Stubberud): Bass
Hellhammer (a.k.a. Jan Axel Blomberg): Drums
Morfeus (a.k.a. Krister Dreyer): Guitar
Silmaeth: Guitar

A TuneWidget for Blackenedfest, the upcoming North American tour feraturing MAYHEM, MARDUK, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION and WITHERED, is available below.

Guitarist Rune “Blasphemer” Eriksen played his final Norwegian concert with MAYHEM on August 6, 2008 at the Øyafestivalen in Oslo.

MAYHEM was honored in the “Metal” category at the 36th annual Spellemann awards (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards) for their latest release, “Ordo Ad Chao”. The largest and oldest Norwegian music awards show was held on February 2, 2008 at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway and was broadcast live on the Norwegian channel TV2.

“Ordo Ad Chao” entered the Norwegian album chart at position No. 12, the band’s highest position ever.

Source: www.blabbermouth.net