Lifeforce Records has announced the signing of SHEAR, the Helsinki, Finland-based six-piece metal act featuring former/current members of AMORAL, OMNIUM GATHERUM, IMPERANON, ELENIUM and CRYSTAL BLAZE. The band's as-yet-untitled full-length debut will be released in March 2012. The group previously described the new tracks as "really diverse, ranging from very melodic songs to heavier riff-oriented songs."
The current lineup of SHEAR was finalized in 2008. The members have, however, played together for many years. The guitarists Mikael Gronroos and Lauri Koskenniemi, and keyboardist Lari Sorvo have played together since 2001. Bass player Eerik Purdon joined the group in 2004, and the drummer Juhana Karlsson in 2007.
SHEAR last year made its entire four-song EP, "In Solitude", available for free download on the group's official web site. The CD was recorded in August-September 2009 at Arcada Studios by Mikael Grnroos and was mastered at Chartmakers studios.
"In Solitude" track listing:
01. In Solitude
03. Trapped in A Shell
"In Solitude" audio stream:
"Scorched" audio stream:
"Trapped in A Shell" audio stream:
"Mistakes" audio stream:
* Alexa Leroux - Vocals
* Mikael Grnroos (CRYSTAL BLAZE) - Guitar
* Lauri Koskenniemi (THE NIBIRUAN, ELENIUM, CRYSTAL BLAZE, ex-IMPERANON) - Guitar
* Eerik Purdon (THE NIBIRUAN, CRYSTAL BLAZE, ex-OMNIUM GATHERUM) - Bass
* Lari Sorvo (CRYSTAL BLAZE) - Keyboards
* Juhana Karlsson (AMORAL, CRYSTAL BLAZE) - Drums