Australian metallers LORD have announced the addition of guitarist Mark Furtner to the group's ranks.
According to the band, "LORD's original guitarist Mav Stevens left the band in December 2006 to relocate to the UK, being replaced live temporarily by our good friend Shane Linfoot of TRANSCENDING MORTALITY and then by Mark from FROMBEYOND for the remainder of the year.
"The chemistry on stage and off between Mark and the rest of the band was so good, we asked him to be a part of it permanently. Mark will now contribute writing and playing to the next LORD album, and of course continue to scare the hell out of audiences with his terrifying shredding live in 2008 and beyond. Anyone who has heard his guest solos on our 'Ascendence' album will know what we mean by that!
"This is a good way to round off the year for us, and we expect 2008 to be a pretty big year — there's a lot of really massive things in the works behind the scenes that we can't wait to tell you about when we're able to do so."
LORD's new album, "Ascendence", was released in August in Japan through Soundholic Records and in Australia via Modern Invasion Music.
Regarding what the album sounds like, LORD mainman Lord Tim previously said, "Any DUNGEON fans in the house? You won't be disappointed! If DUNGEON were to continue instead of disbanding in 2005, this is the album we would have made next (for all intents and purposes, LORD is DUNGEON: Mark II anyway). It's got all of the things you enjoyed about DUNGEON — fast songs, lots of big catchy choruses, solos galore, amazing drumming and heaps of diversity from song to song, since we're fans of all styles of metal."