Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, featuring Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt Grønbech, also a touring guitarist for SATYRICON) on guitars/bass/synth, will be entering the studio on May 2 to begin recording their new album, "Armada", tentatively due in September via the Norwegian label Tabu Recordings, a division of Tuba Records. Vyl will be playing the drums on the album and a new bass player, Wizziac, will be introduced. MAYHEM singer Attila Chisar will be doing some additional vocals, but he will not be the frontman anymore. The band will try out different vocalists in the studio to find the one who matches the music best. The group's complete lineup will be revealed when the recording sessions are completed.
Regarding the musical direction of the new CD, the band write in their web site, "The material is said to take guitar riffing to a new level by playing 4-5 different harmonies on the same guitar at the same time! All this in ultra-speed! The album will be of epic art and is symphonic black metal as it should be with symphonic guitar riffing, not based on synth."
Commented Obsidian C.: "I'm not looking forward to recording this album. Don't get me wrong though....I'm looking forward to the day it's finished, but not the actual recording sessions! This is the hardest thing I have ever tried to play on a guitar. I don't even know why I make this stuff, but I guess it's the end result that really drives me. It may sound easy for the listener because it's not 'technical made' just to sound technical. I want to have epic songs with great atmosphere and great flow through a song. And then when you start to really listen to what's going on you discover the details and strange chord work."
KEEP OF KALESSIN's most recent mini-album, "Reclaim", was released in December 2003 through FaceFront Records. The group's first release since 1999's "Agnen: A Journey through the Dark" (Avantgarde),"Reclaim" has been described as a new milestone in Norwegian black metal by the Norwegian press. "Reclaim" is available in the U.S. through The End mail-order.