FIREWIND's mastermind/guitarist Gus G. has issued the following update:
"Well, most of the recordings for the new album are done by now! We've been locked at Sweden's Studio Fredman for about a month now and I'm super-excited with the way things are shaping up! Killer sounds on the drums, guitars and bass. We've recorded 12 original songs and a few covers which will be revealed in time.
"I also want to set something straight since some people seem to be confused: Apollo is still in the band! Yes, he is singing on the new album (currently finishing up his vocal tracks — which in my opinion are his best performances ever!) and yes, he is going back on the road with us in 2008.
"Now onto something different and very special: Since we have gotten such a great response on our world tour 2006-2007 and have received so much love from our fans, we would like to give back by doing something special for them: We will play a one and only exclusive show in our hometown (Thessaloniki, Greece) on Saturday January 12th, 2008 at Principal Club Theatre, where we will perform our full upcoming brand new album LIVE! So consider this as a very special event since we don't plan on doing this again. Of course we'll play an extra set of other older material in addition to the new songs. What makes this even cooler is that we'll record and film this event for future DVD use, so we hope to see all our metal brothers and sisters at this special event!
"For those of you that don't live in Greece and plan to travel to see this show, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know of your participation. We'll get back to you and provide info on how to get to the venue, hotels, etc."
Songtitles set to appear on the new FIREWIND CD include "Remembered", "Life Foreclosed", "The Silent Code", "Mercenary Man", "My Loneliness", "Head Up High"."
A four-minute audio interview with Gus G. conducted by Norway's Metal Express Radio (web site) in early October at the ProgPower USA VIII festival in Atlanta, GA has been posted online at this location.
FIREWIND will team up with KAMELOT and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS for a European tour in April/May 2008.
FIREWIND's 2002 debut album, "Between Heaven & Hell", was re-released in Japan on October 10 via King Records. The reissue includes new artwork, liner notes from guitarist Gus G. and producer David T. Chastain as well as two bonus tracks. Originally released with different cover artwork in Japan, this time the album includes the European cover which was created by legendary artist Kristian Wahlin (KING DIAMOND, DISSECTION, AT THE GATES)
FIREWIND's latest single, "Breaking the Silence" (featuring Tara Teresa), entered the national single chart in Greece at position No. 19 and moved up to No. 16 in its second week. The video for the single's title cut was directed by Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL).