Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have issued the following update:
"ALTARIA has parted ways with record company Metal Heaven and is currently negotiating a new contract. Material for the fourth album, which earlier was scheduled to be released in 2007, is basically ready just waiting to be recorded and unleashed upon the world this year.
"In the aftermath of this split, bass player Marko Pukkila decided to quit. ALTARIA will not look for a replacement and the bass will as of now be handled by Marco Luponero who in his previous band TERRORWHEEL also held the position as bassist/vocalist. Rehearsals have shown that the band now is working better than ever as a solid and creative unit and the ALTARIA camp is very exited about everything going on in the 'History Of Times To Come'."
ALTARIA last year posted samples of two new tracks "Keeper of Mystique" and "Ball and Chain" on its MySpace page. The songs can be found on the band's "Divine Invitation" compilation and are the first tracks to feature the new members Marco Luponero on vocals and Petri Aho on guitar.
ALTARIA previously stated about the "Divine Invitation" CD: "Due to the high demand and ongoing requests for the songs of the completely sold-out first two albums of the band, 'Invitation' (2003) and 'Divinity' (2004), the idea came up to make the best five songs each available again, to introduce new singer Marco Luponero with two brand new songs and add another seven (!) bonus tracks which originally appeared on the band's sought-after demos 'Sleeping Visions' (2001) and 'Feed The Fire' (2002)."
ALTARIA's video for the song "Frozen Hearts" can be viewed below. The clip features footage from the band's European tour with SONATA ARCTICA and DORO.