On the surface, things might have seemed a little quiet on the SKITLIV front since the release of the 2009 album “Skandinavisk Misantropi” on Season of Mist. And indeed, the band is in somewhat of a hiatus given the personal and work commitments of both the band’s founder and former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac, as well as Niklas Kvarforth’s full agenda with SHINING. But a “new” video has recently surfaced which should go a little way towards assuaging the thirst that fans have for news of the band.
Whilst going through his archives the legendary frontman found the “piece of X-ray adultery”, which had been filmed at around the time of the album release and never made public, in his vaults. Filmed by renowned sculptor and SUCHTHAUS bassist Spacebrain, the video for the title track from “Skandinavisk Misantropi” can now be seen below and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/fnrKGTazWQw
Having been around since the beginning of Black Metal, Maniac was, for a time, involved in the production of “Damage Inc.” one of the early fanzines. The zine quickly became a casualty of the demands of his music career, and it is only recently that Maniac has found the time to re-visit this particular, and most basic, of aspects of the music scene, that has always interested him.
With the publication of a new edition of “Damage Inc” on the horizon, fans should not expect to see the kind of glossy, commercially-driven magazines that are the norm today. They can, instead, look forward to a return to the days when the music and the musicians were what mattered.
Maniac had this to say about the resurrection of the Fanzine : ” Work on Damage Inc. # 3 is in full progress. Interviews with TEITANBLOOD, CLANDESTINE BLAZE, DÖRAID, BIRTH RITUAL, DARKTHRONE, and more. It’s been 30 years since the last issue so it is about time. Cut and paste magazine. Nothing glossy around. Just darkness and good music”.
Musically too Maniac has not been entirely inactive, just more low key, having collaborated both live and in the studio with artists like Niklas Kvarforth and SHINING and Andrew Liles (NURSE WITH WOUND), as well as having taken up his former mantle of frontman for a couple of MAYHEM performances. Most recently he has recorded guest vocals on the upcoming album from Norway’s WITCHFACE.
More information about SKILTIV can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/skitlivofficial/
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