Swedish technical death metallers AEON have issued the following update:"Our drummer, Nils Fjellström, has decided to leave the band on a very short notice. The reason for this is personal/private and Nils has chosen not to speak his mind out to the public about this. We will respect his wish not to do so, and therefore we will not reveal any details nor answering questions about this. "As you may know, this is not the first time Nils is out of the band, but it's most certainly the last. How strange this even may sound, I really think that we will be better off without him in the long run. "We need a drummer who we can rely on at all times, someone who can be there for us when opportunities shows up, etc. To take this band any further, we need a lineup where everyone has the same visions and goals. "At least this time around, there where no big tours planned like the last time Nils bailed out on us. "We only had one show planned ahead that was scheduled to take place October 16. We kindly asked Nils to do at least this show with us before he left, but he simply didn't agree to do so. This leaves us with no choice but to cancel our spot in this event. There is just to little time to rehearse a full headline set with a new session-drummer. Perhaps the promotor (Hårdrocksklubben) finds a new headliner for this evening or it will get canceled. Keep your eyes open on Hårdrocksklubben's website (www.hardrocksklubben.se) for further information about this event. "We will now be focusing on finding a worthy replacement for Nils and until we do, we will try to fill the spot temporarily with session drummers. "This statement will also serve as an launch for a new drummer "If you are a drummer and think that you have what it takes to replace Nils in AEON, don't hesitate to send us an application with some audio/video of you playing drums to: [email protected] mark the subject with 'Drummer application.' You don't really need to be able to play exactly every little detail Nils does on the albums. The most important is that you are able to play the basics in the songs and the rest can be worked out from there. Naturally, we would prefer a drummer who lives in Sweden, but we are also open for distant/foreigner drummers as far as Europe goes, at least." AEON's "Forgiveness Denied" video can be viewed below. The clip was directed, filmed and edited by Standard Film Team Umeå HB and was shot in April in two different locations; band scenes being filmed in Östersund, Sweden and the storyline in Umeå, Sweden. Commented guitarist Daniel Dlimi: "There have been a lot of scandals revealed lately, regarding priests (especially catholic ones) who have been abusing children sexually. "In my world, there is nothing more innocent than a child, and the ones who abuse a child sexually will never be forgiven. In my opinion, they deserve to die a horrible, painful death. "We want to dedicate this song/video to them, the filthy fucking priests who have laid a hand on a child sexually; we hate you, and want you dead." "Forgiveness Denied" comes off AEON's third album, "Path Of Fire", which was released on May 25 (one day earlier internationally) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded in September 2009 at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden and was mixed the following month at Mana Recording Studios in St, Petersburg, Florida by Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL, CANNIBAL CORPSE). The mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (CONVERGE, HATEBREED, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) in New Windsor, New York. All artwork and layout was made by Daniel Dlimi. According to a press release, "Path Of Fire" is "probably the most intense AEON album to date. And with a production that is more organic and 'classic death metal'-sounding rather then the nowadays typical 'super-modern, compressed-right-the-fuck-out-of-dynamics, loudness war' production, you are all in for a real treat. Folks…this IS death metal!" Guitarist Daniel Dlimi on the front art of "Path Of Fire": "I created this symbol/badge that for me reflects life, death and the path you have chosen to live your life by. It's about whatever you want to chain yourself to 10 commandments or live free after your own conscience and will." AEON last fall parted ways with bassist Max Carlberg and replaced him with Victor Brandt (TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, ex-SATYRICON). Brandt has since left the band due to scheduling conflicts and was himself replaced by Marcus Edvardsson (SOULDRAINER, SANCTIFICATION).