Mnemic have updated their website, announcing some changes in their line-up. Read the full announcement here. The band had already parted ways with bassist Tomas ”Obeast” Koefoed in April this year.
"[...] we have also decided that it is best to part ways, with both Brian "Brylle" Rasmussen and Rune Stigart. Like any relationship, there things that are impossible to work out, and we are extremely saddened by this situation, but there is nothing else to do than to take a step into a different direction. We wish our brothers all the best for the future, and we hope to see them soon again in their own musical and artistic endeavors. Their replacement will be found in the two new members Victor-Ray Salomonsen and Brian Larsen from Danish tech-act VIRA."
Mirovia Mag have posted a new interview with Igor Omodei of Uneven Structure where he talks about his musical influences, the band's forthcoming second full length 'Februus', the concept behind the album and their live sound among other things. 'Februus' is slated for release on the 31st of October. Read the interview below. Another interview with Terrorizer magazine was posted earlier.
UK-based Vidina have posted two new studio update videos on their Youtube channel. Watch them below. The videos feature guitar tracking for their upcoming album, about which no further details are available yet, and clips of a full band rehearsal with new members: Lee Frawley (drums) and Ben Ienders (bass). For more information on the band's current activities, visit their Facebook page.
Sons Of Belial have announced on their Facebook page that they have decided to break up the band. They write: "[...] We have decided to call it quits and break up the band. It's not something any of us wanted but we felt that the band had slowed to a halt in terms of writing/recording, and after many setbacks this became our only realistic option. [...]" They have also made clear their intent to stay active in the music scene.
Paul Ortiz, AKA Chimp Spanner, has indicated on his blog that he has plans to play few shows next year. For that reason he's looking for drummer. He had previously played two shows with members of Monuments as his backing band.
He writes: "[...] I'm going to want to be playing a few select shows next year. Perhaps one or two UK tours, and eventually (if I can get enough of you guys behind me) some dates in Europe and perhaps even the States. However, I'm getting ahead of myself as first of all I need...a drummer! I'm not looking at doing show after show after show. It's the kind of set that will need a certain audience, playing with certain bands. So the aim, at least initially, is to do fewer better shows, rather than a ton of not so good ones [...] if you have a YouTube account showcasing your drumming, please send these to me! You can either use the contact form, or post it on my wall at www.facebook.com/chimpspanner [...]."
M.A.N. have announced on their Myspace page that guitar player Rob Guz has decided to leave the band and the music business. Rob is renowned for his use of unusual instruments like 11-string basses and guitars with 48 frets, which form the centerpiece of M.A.N.'s sound. The band have also recruited a new guitar player by the name of Marcus "Skägget" Bertilsson (Inevitable End, Miseration, The Weakening). A promo picture of the new lineup can be viewed below.
Oxford-based Excessum have posted a bulletin on their Myspace page in which they announce that the band has split up. They went through a few lineup changes earlier this year. The announcement reads: "After subsided fallouts, loss of devotion and the guys moving away to uni [...], it's decided that the guys have called it a day. [...] it's been an awesome time full of experience, thanks to the other guys and promoters to make it all possible. Good luck to the others who venture in other musical/professional endeavours."