Sweden's PAIN OF SALVATION has issued the following update:
"The search is over, and a new drummer has now joined the band. The level of competition and skills among the few drummers who remained at the top of the crop was extremely high, but this guy outplayed everyone in the end. To the extent, it might be added, that the band even chose to go for the one non-Swede finalist.
"So who could this phantom be?
"Well, just to make things painful, it will not be made official who the new drummer is as of yet. Instead, the veil will fall live on stage next week, at the Motstoy Festival in Notodden, Norway, October 6th. This is not only the very last gig of the Sickening the World tour of 2007, but also the farewell show of longtime drummer Johan Langell. This will be the only chance to see both drummers on stage with PAIN OF SALVATION and, needless to say, those who have the possibility of attending this show will definitely be in for a special treat.
"To celebrate the event even further, the band will also perform some songs that the fans have not heard live in a long time. All in all, if ever there was a different and special show of PAIN OF SALVATION, this is bound to be it! Your one chance to say goodbye to the old king, and welcome the new one."
PAIN OF SALVATION performing "Scarsick" in Istanbul, Turkey on July 14, 2007 (Masstival):