Norwegian doom metallers SYRACH have issued the following update:
"Today we got the message we'd been expecting for some time. Our guitarist Reichborn [a.k.a. Noralf Venås] chose to leave the band due to lack of motivation. He finished his parts and contributed well in the studio, which we thank him for. We guess doom is not too deep in his heart, and playing the 'slow' parts has been quite a test for him, but he is a great rock 'n' roller and we had two great years playing with him. So we wish him good luck in the future, whatever he decides to focus on!
"That said, we will focus on our new album and get the promotion done as planned, and not rush things. We will start looking for a replacement in due time. This will only set us back a few hours… no need to worry. The album is soon to be sent off to mastering and a release date will come in (hopefully) a few weeks."
SYRACH entered the studio on January 16 with producer Bjørnar Nilsen to begin recording its sophomore album, due later in the year via Napalm Records. The CD's artwork will be designed by Martin Kvamme, who has previously worked with FANTOMAS, Mike Patton, DARKTHRONE and lots of other artists.
Check out photos from the studio at this location (free MySpace registration may be required to view pictures).
SYRACH's debut album, "Days of Wrath", was produced by Herbrand Larsen from ENSLAVED and was released on November 2, 2007 in Europe and November 6, 2007 in North America via Napalm Records. The CD cover artwork is the painting "Christs" from MY DYING BRIDE vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe.
Check out audio samples on the band's MySpace page.
SYRACH was formed in 1993 in Kalandseidet, near Bergen, Norway — a region known to have spawned bands like IMMORTAL and BURZUM, to name a few.
SYRACH performing live in London, England - October 2008: