Italian extreme epic metal act STORMLORD has parted ways with guitarist Pierangelo Giglioni and has replaced him with Andrea Angelini (STICK IT OUT, WITHATE). The group states, "We know [Andrea] since a long time, we like his bands and we already had a sort of collaboration back in 2002, on Francesco [Bucci; bass] and David [Folchitto; drums] side-project, OUTBREAK. Andrea has been on stage with us for more that a year now, he is highly motivated and ready to measure his talent with some new STORMLORD music."
STORMLORD's fourth full-length album, "Mare Nostrum", was released in May 2008 via Locomotive Records. The CD was recorded at Giuseppe Orlando's Outer Sound Studios (NECRODEATH, NOVEMBRE, KLIMT 1918) and was mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussila (HIM, CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH, SENTENCED).
Commented the band: "After almost two years of touring promotion for 'Mare Nostrum', we're about to stop the live activity for a while.
"The response to our 2008 album has been outstanding and we had the chance to perform a lot of concerts in Europe and even in Africa. Now it's time for us to work harder on the new songs. That's why we’re gonna play four last shows before to dig ourselves in the rehearsal room in order to complete the songwriting for our fifth album.
"The stuff we already have sounds damn good: innovative yet loyal to the epic Mediterranean style of 'Mare Nostrum'.
"We hope to enter the recording studio between the end of this year and the beginning of 2011."
"The Legacy – 17 Years of Extreme Epic Metal", a double "best-of" collection from STORMLORD, was released on February 22, 2007 through Scarlet Records. The first CD contains 13 songs spanning the band's 17-year career as of one of Europe's most respected metal merchants, including the rare EP "Under the Sign of the Sword", originally released in 1997. The second CD contains a full live show recorded in Montreal on June 14, 2006 during the band's Canadian tour.
Scarlet Records released STORMLORD's first official DVD, "The Battle of Quebec City: Live in Canada", in July 2007 in Europe.