Tommy Rehn (CORRODED, MOAHNI MOAHNA), a co-founding member of the British/Swedish metal project ANGTORIA, has released the following statement regarding the recent announcement that ANGTORIA would return in 2012 with a new name and a brand new album:
"When reading the news all over Internet about 'ANGTORIA's return,' I felt like stating a few things for the record.
"I was one of the founders of ANGTORIA and co-writer/producer of the ANGTORIA songs, including the video track 'God Has A Plan For Us All'. I also was responsible for recording and mixing the album. This was a project between me and my brother Chris (ABYSSOS) and Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS). Me and Chris wrote the songs and worked with the orchestrations and Sarah did the lyrics.
"Musically, me and Chris built the ANGTORIA sound and maybe in the future we can do it again under that name.
"ANGTORIA did not do any live shows in 2006-2007 as planned due to things out of my and Chris' control. We then saw no other way than putting the project on hold.
"The name ANGTORIA comes from a song I wrote for symphonic hard rock band MOAHNI MOAHNA's album 'Why' (with Henrik Flyman of EVIL MASQUERADE).
"MOAHNI MOAHNA is my old band which released two albums in the '90s in Europe and Japan (JVC Victor).
"On January 20, 2012 Pantherfarm/Ninetone will re-release all MOAHNI MOAHNA recordings ww on Spotify/iTunes and all other digital markets.
"Since Sarah and Chris want to start a project of their own, it is just that… a new project, which never can be or sound like ANGTORIA without my participation.
"I wish them luck with their future album and with branding their own name.
"I am now permanent member in CORRODED and will focus on our third album, which will be released worldwide summer 2012 following the success with
'The Age Of Rage' song for Battlefield Play 4 Free. Touring in Europe and U.S. is on the planning stage for 2012."
Sarah Jezebel Deva and Chris Rehn announced on December 25 that they will begin work on a new album in January which will pick up where ANGTORIA's last collaborative effort, ANGTORIA, left off five years ago. According to Sarah, "the music will continue in the same vein as [ANGTORIA's 2006] debut album, 'God Has A Plan For Us All', blending the world of epic orchestral music with metal."
"God Has A Plan For Us All" was released in Europe in April 2006 via Listenable Records. The CD was issued in North America in October of that same year.
ANGTORIA 2006 press photo