Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SPIRAL ARCHITECT Drummer Says New Album Is 'Still Years From Release'

Drummer Asgeir Mickelson of Norwegian progressive metallers SPIRAL ARCHITECT has issued the following update on the band's current status:

"Some time ago Blabbermouth picked up 'news' that we were working on a new album. Fact is that we’ve been doing that since we recorded the last album in 1998/1999. However, not very often… We got lots of material but since most of it is old by now we’ll have to see what survives. We also need to write a lot of new stuff. Unfortunately, the album is still years from release."

SPIRAL ARCHITECT was founded in 1993 in Oslo, Norway, when lead guitarist Steinar Gundersen (ex-KING'S QUEST) joined the remains of ANESTHESIA consisting of Kaj Gornitzka (guitar), Lars K. Norberg (bass) and Asgeir Mickelson (drums). From the onset, the band set out to branch off from the music of contemporary innovative metal bands like WATCHTOWER, FATES WARNING and PSYCHOTIC WALTZ. The overall idea was to once and for all integrate jazz-fusion elements with uncompromising metal.

"A Sceptic's Universe" was recorded in June 1998 at Village Productions in Texas with producer Neil Kernon (QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, DEICIDE, NILE) and was released in Japan on December 16, 1999 (with the FATES WARNING cover "Prelude to Ruin", originally recorded for the FW tribute "Through Different Eyes", as a bonus track) and the rest of the world on January 18, 2000.

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