Denmark-based hard rockers ROYAL HUNT have parted ways with bassist Per Schelander and have replaced him with Andreas Passmark (NARNIA, ROB ROCK, E-TYPE).
Commented Schelander, "After four rollercoaster years of music, laughter and good memories I have to leave ROYAL HUNT. The reason is that I simply can’t (due to my obligations in PAIN OF SALVATION) give RH the time and effort the band deserves.
It's been lovely to play with you guys — André, Marcus, Allan, Mark and Maria! It also feels good to pass the torch to such a great player as Andreas Passmark, who will fit the band perfectly.
"My warmest thanks go to all the fans I met during these last four years — you really made me feel welcome when I was the new guy and loved while I was on board!"
ROYAL HUNT added, "We'd like to thank Per for four wonderful years with us. His dedication, remarkable musical abilities and easy-going personality has been a great asset to us all. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours, all the success which he so rightfully deserves and — while saying goodbye to a talented bass player — looking forward to continuation of a great friendship."
ROYAL HUNT is hard at work recording the band's new album, which is scheduled for release later in the year. ROYAL HUNT is posting regular updates, photos, video clips as well as offering a "track-by-track" breakdown of the recording process on the group's official web site.
ROYAL HUNT decided to revisit its roots and incorporate some of the musical values of the '70s into its songwriting as well as — in order to reinforce that particular atmosphere — employing mostly "retro" means of production (recording in analog format exclusively being one of them) for its tenth studio album. The music has been described as "an interesting mix of what's been tagged as classic rock nowadays (established by KANSAS, GENESIS, ELP's earlier works and DEEP PURPLE, URIAH HEEP's classics from the same era) and ROYAL HUNT's trademark composition/delivery."
ROYAL HUNT's latest album, "Collision Course - Paradox II", was released in March 2008. The CD, which is said to be the conceptual follow-up to the 1997 release "Paradox", marks the recorded debut with the band of new vocalist Mark Boals, who has previously played with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE, BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB and RING OF FIRE, among others. Guest singers on the album include Doogie White (RAINBOW, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN),Ian Parry (ELEGY, CONSORTIUM PROJECT),Kenny Lubcke (NARITA) and Henrik Brockmann (ex-ROYAL HUNT, EVIL MASQUERADE).
Fan-flimed video footage of ROYAL HUNT performing the song "The Mission" live on May 16, 2008 at Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium can be viewed below.