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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."
|Birth name||Attila Gábor Csihar|
|Also known as||Void ov Voices|
|Born||29 March 1971|
|Genres||Black metal, drone metal|
|Associated acts||Aborym, Burial Chamber Trio, Grave Temple, Korog, Mayhem, Plasma Pool, Sinsaenum, Sunn O))), Tormentor, Anaal Nathrakh, Void ov Voices, Belphegor|
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."
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))). His first collaboration with the band happened on 24 March 2003 at Statdtwerkstatt in Linz, Austria. He has recorded five full-length albums with the group, including the very 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.
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.
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.
He worked in film production, most notably on Tony Scott's Spy Game, where he was the first assistant of production designer Norris Spencer. In 2018 he was portrayed in the film Lords of Chaos, which depicted the early 90s Norwegian black metal scene (in particular Mayhem). He was portrayed by his son Arion.
- The Seventh Day of Doom (1987)
- Anno Domini (1988)
- Recipe Ferrum! (1999)
- De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994)
- Mediolanum Capta Est (1998, guest performance)
- Ordo Ad Chao (2007)
- Esoteric Warfare (2014)
- De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive (2017)
- I (1991–1994)
- II – Drowning (1991–1993)
- III – Sinking (unreleased album)
- Kali Yuga Bizarre (1998, guest performance)
- Fire Walk with Us! (2000)
- With No Human Intervention (2003)
- Generator (guest vocals on "Man Bites God", 2006)
- The Ultimate Death Worship (guest vocals on "From the Shades of Hatred", 2001)
- Korog (2005)
- The Beast of Attila Csihar (2003, compilation album)
Void of VoicesEdit
- 777 (2012, Live Album, Japan Tour Exclusive)
- When Fire Rains Down from the Sky, Mankind Will Reap As It Has Sown (guest vocals on "Atavism", 2003)
- Eschaton (guest vocals on "Regression to the Mean", 2006)
- Reclaim (2003)
- Scattered Ashes (guest vocals on "Funeral Fog", Mayhem cover, 2003)
- Glory and Perdition (additional vocals in "Birth of Eternity" and "Shores of Death", 2003)
- Demonized (guest vocals on "Lycon", 2007)
- Burial Chamber Trio (2007)
- The Holy Down (2007?)
- Ambient/Ruin (2008)
- Impassable Fears (2017)
- La Nuit (2007)
- 6°Fskyquake (2008)
- Mahakali (guest vocals on "The Soul Continues", 2008)
- Skandinavisk Misantropi (additional vocals on "ScumDrug", 2009)
- In the Flesh (guest vocals on two tracks, 2010)
- Empire of Pain (guest vocals on one track, 2010)
- Divarise (guest vocals on "Blindness") 2014
- Drag You To Hell (guest vocals on "The Divinity Of Solitude") 2015
- Echoes of the Tortured (2016)
- Ashes (2017)
- Repulsion for Humanity (2018)
- Christe, Ian (2003). Sound of the Beast: the Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal. New York, New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc. p. 275.
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- Interview for french online magazine Les Eternels, Dec 2007. http://www.leseternels.net/interviews.aspx?id=112
- "interview with Attila Csihar". voidfrontpress.org. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "Attila Csihar - Faster Than Sound - Artist BiographyFaster than Sound". www.fasterthansound.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- Death of Desire – Hellhammer Added to Line-Up bravewords.com. 2009-10-04. Retrieved on 2009-11-10.
- Credits from Discogs discogs.com. 2011-04-18. Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
- "DivahaR". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.