Norwegian metallers ARCH NEMESIS have posted the following update on their official web site:
"Alright folks, it's about fu***ng time we updated this site and told you what's going on. First off, [guitarist] Motvind [a.k.a. Kenneth Hansen] has decided to leave the band to concentrate fully on his job as axe-man in the mighty DIMENSION F3H, we are sorry to see him leave as he together with Nesmoht was the founder of the band back in '98, but we wish him all the best in the future, he will still be a part of the Elements Of Metal crew for the future festivals though. On a happier note, ARCH NEMESIS has just signed a new record deal with the Norwegian label FaceFront and are happy to join many of the friends we have learned to know trough the years of metal, great Norwegian acts like GRIFFIN, GUARDIANS OF TIME, HIGHLAND GLORY, BACKSTREET GIRLS, TRIVIAL ACT and PAGAN'S MIND are all bands that are or have been a part of FaceFront and we feel honoured to be included in such great company. We are also happy to announce that after weeks of 'begging' we finally persuaded [keyboardist] Jaz [a.k.a. Jesper Thomsen] to return to the band, but due to the fact that he will become a father in August he has made it clear that his family obligations will always be first priority, still, we are glad to have him back.
"So, a new deal is signed and that usually means a record is to be released, don't it? You bet it does, we are just a few weeks away from completing our second album 'Of Mind and Fantasy', all that remains is some vocal-tracks, then a few days of mixing and mastering, release will be sometime during this fall if all goes well. At the moment we are also searching for a new rehearsal-place, hopefully that will be in place in a few weeks. As soon as that is fixed we will hold auditions looking for one or two new rhythm guitarists so if you feel the call, keep checking this site for dates, you may also send a mail to Nesmoht ([email protected]) if you want some info on what kind of persons we are looking for."
An MP3 of the track "I Dream", taken from the forthcoming CD, "Of Mind and Fantasy", can be downloaded at this location (6 MB).