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When bands release a “Best Of” album, you normally expect that they have a significant past body of work, and that they have chosen to feature tracks that are familiar to most of their fans.  But Norway’s SUCHTHAUS is far from being the usual sort of band, so it will come as no surprise to anyone who follows them that their “Best Of” is not quite what you would expect.

For a start SUCHTHAUS has only ever released one full-length album – 2011’s “The Darks Side and the Bright Side”, which included some prominent guests who you would perhaps not expect to find appearing together on the same album.  Guests such as Maniac  (SKITLIV, ex-MAYHEM),   CURRENT 93’s David Tibet, Fredrik A. Juell  (BURNING RUBBER,  BERSERK BASTARDS) and singer Sibob Jawara . Since then, any new material has been released as videos on YouTube with artists such as Maniac, SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth and MAYHEM’s Hellhammer bringing their own brand of insanity to the disturbing visuals of which SUCHTHAUS is so fond.

So why, exactly, a “Best Of” album from a band whose lineup includes Hellhammer, Ingvar, AD/HD, Fruen and founder Spacebrain?   Spacebrain, who, as well as being a musician, is perhaps best known as a sculptor, and the man behind many, by now iconic, stage sets for bands like MAYHEM, explained:

” No one has heard much from SUCHTHAUS since the debut album was released and there have been rumours that we were working on a second album.  There was actually some truth to these rumours, but, to be honest,  we were in no particular hurry.  We are influences by all kinds of cultural and musical genres, and we really wanted to give fans the best possible version we could of Stoner Rock and 70’s style Psychedelica, mixed with a solid dose of Nordic dark tones.

“Spending such a long time making an album can test the patience of any musician, so we  came up with the idea of making a “Best Of”  album.  We had enough music to fill a week-long album, so we thought why the hell not just do it?   We picked 13 tracks we feel  will open up your mind and introduce you to  the awkward tones of SUCHTHAUS.  Who knows, we might be the first band to come up with a “Best Of”  album after one single release, and which doesn’t include one single previously released track”.

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Out on the 12 December on the band’s own RollAbiGone label, “The Best Of Suchthaus” was mixed by Spacebrain and Fruen at Spacebrain’s studios.  Artwork and photography are by Spacebrain, whilst the German Bunker from a Normandy beach is by D-Dag.

Tracklisting as follows:

1 XCUSEMEWHILE
2 COOL KATZ
3 HOW DO YOU ?
4 WATERDANCE
5 SUCHTHAUS MICKEY MOUSE BAUHAUS
6 HANN ISLANDER
7 LOVE
8 BAKGÅRDSKATT
9 KOM MIT UNS
10 AH
11 KIDDO
12 SIDE 2 SIDE
13 HANG A ROUND

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“The Best Of Suchthaus ” can be ordered directly by emailing trash@spacebrain.no

More information about SUCHTHAUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/suchthausofficial

A video for SUCHTHAUS’ “Walls of Berlin” which features SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth can be seen at https://youtu.be/k–Wu4DWeQM


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.suchthaus.no
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suchthausofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/suchthaus/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/vonSUCHT
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/suchthaus
Spacebrain Website: http://www.spacebrain.no/index.html
Spacebrain on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpacebrainArtFromHell
Band Contact and Booking: trash@spacebrain.no
Press Contact: https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
patriciathomas@btinternet.com

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Norway’s SUCHTHAUS, the band that defies genre type casting and for whom visuals play as big a role as the music itself, has released a tribute to the iconic Black Metal band MAYHEM, in the form of a video cover of the track “Life Eternal” from what is probably MAYHEM’s most famous album, 1994’s “De Misteriis Dom Sathanas”.   The cover features SUCHTHAUS members Spacebrain on vocals, Ingvar the Last Viking on guitars, Fruen on the organ, and Hellhammer, who is of course himself one of the original members of MAYHEM, on drums.  The video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/44AbpTyWWiU

Whilst it may not come as a surprise that a band has recorded a MAYHEM cover, it is, in this case, more appropriate than the usual run of the mill tribute, given that SUCHTHAUS founder SPACEBRAIN, is the man behind many of MAYHEM’s most recognisable stage sets.   A renowned sculptor, as well as a musician, SPACEBRAIN had this to say about the tribute:

“Mayhem has survived hell for 30 years, and I was fortunate to play  a part during a few of those years, touring through Europe with the art of SPACEBRAIN from 2000-2006. This is a period of my life I will never forget, neither the good nor the bad experiences,  and  therefore SUCHTHAUS decided to put in some hard work to try to recreate the soundtrack that got stuck in my head: “Life Eternal”.   It´s far from a straight cover, but our vision was a way of thanking the men who let me be a part of their life (in alphabetical order) Atilla, Blasphemer, Hellhammer, Maniac, Necrobutcher”.

SUCHTHAUS is currently working putting the finishing touches on the band’s sophomore album “Motorbrain”, which, once finished, will be released on SUCHTHAUS’ own label Rollabigone.   Guests on the album incude SHINING founder and frontman Niklas Kvarforth.

“Motorbrain” will be the follow up to SUCHTHAUS’ debut  album “The Dark Side and the Bright Side”, which included collaborations from musicians such as Maniac  (SKITLIV, ex-MAYHEM),   CURRENT 93’s David Tibet, Fredrik A. Juell  (BURNING RUBBER,  BERSERK BASTARDS) and singer Sibob Jawara, and showed clearly how difficult it is to squeeze the band into any particular genre.   Whilst “Motorbrain” promises to be a much more “metal” album, it will definitely not be a “straight up” metal album, and the band is at pains to point out that it does not reflect  any direction that they have any  intention of following in the future.

More information about SUCHTHAUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/suchthausofficial  or on the band’s website at http://www.suchthaus.no/

Five  tracks from SUCHTHAUS can be heard below and at http://soundcloud.com/suchthaus/sets/suchthaus-tracks

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: http://www.suchthaus.no
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suchthausofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/suchthaus/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/vonSUCHT
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/suchthaus
Spacebrain Website: http://www.spacebrain.no/index.html
Spacebrain on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpacebrainArtFromHell
Band Contact and Booking: trash@spacebrain.no
Press Contact: https://patriciathomasmanagement.com/
patriciathomas@btinternet.com