BLACKGUARD: New Album Update

November 19, 2010

Since signing with Victory Records earlier in the year, Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based sympho/black/folk/power metallers BLACKGUARD (formerly PROFUGUS MORTIS) have been touring non-stop and gearing up for their next record.

"This is going to be our most dynamic release to date," says vocalist Paul Ablaze. "We're going to have a few slower songs on this album; more headbanging tunes. We're also going to be introducing some new elements to our songs to mix things up a bit. Not to sound too cliché, but we definitely don't want to write the same record over and over again and this record is going to be a great step forward for us."

Set for an early spring 2011 release, BLACKGUARD's new CD will coincide with the band's participation in the SYMPHONY X North American tour, which is slated to kick off April 21 in Philadelphia, immediately after the group's return from yet-to-be-announced European dates.

"It is a dream tour," says Ablaze. "Our band has spent the better part of the last two years on tour to get to this point. We very much look forward to seeing old friends, making new friends and being a part of what will be the supreme springtime event. We want to thank everyone involved for giving us this opportunity and we will not disappoint."

BLACKGUARD is currently on the road with EPICA, SCAR SYMMETRY and THE AGONIST through mid-December.

The band recently announced the departure of keyboardist Jonathan Lefrancois-Leduc and has chosen to remain a five-piece for the foreseeable future.

BLACKGUARD's debut album, "Profugus Mortis", was released in March 2009 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records and April 2009 in North America through Sumerian Records.

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