Swedish thrash/death/black metallers DEVIAN have uploaded pre-production versions of three new songs to their MySpace page. The tracks "I Am The Serpent", "Victimized" and the epic heresy "Forever Crowned In Blasphemy" are being released online in order to "satisfy worldwide fans' curiosity on the new material and to give a taste of what will become the future sound for DEVIAN," according to a press release.
Commented drummer Emil Dragutinovic: "We have been silent for some time now and that is because a lot has happened.
"We ended our co-operation with Century Media and [vocalist] Legion (a.k.a. Erik Hagsted) left the band because of his job. He is a tattoo artist and he works a lot. He felt he couldn't put the necessary time into the band that we require."
Added guitarist Tomas Nilsson: "For this third album we focused on making it exactly the way we want it. We really wanted to work with it thoroughly, simplifying the song structures and really make it a perfect album."
DEVIAN 2010 is (left to right in photo below):
Emil Dragutinovic (Drums)
Jonas "Joinus" Mattson (Guitar and Vocals)
Tomas Nilsson (Guitar)
Carl Stjärnlöv (Bass)
The new DEVIAN lineup will make its live debut on May 20 at Alcazar (Nalen) in Stockholm, Sweden.
A five-minute video "documentary" about DEVIAN's recent lineup changes and the band's upcoming album can be viewed below.
DEVIAN's second album, "God To The Illfated", was released in Europe in December 2008 through Century Media Records. Recorded once again at Art Decay Studio with Rickard Kottelin, DEVIAN this time around decided to hook up with HYPOCRISY/PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren for further production duties and the intense mixdown of the album at the Abyss studio (IMMORTAL, MARDUK, DIMMU BORGIR), while mastering was once again taken care of by Peter In De Betou of Tailor Maid Production (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY).