Finnish metallers AMORAL have announced the departure of bassist Erkki Silvennoinen. "No big drama behind the scenes; he is simply involved in too many projects to keep up with our hectic pace," the band writes in a statement. "And especially now, with a new album coming out and tons of gigs and promotion to do, we need every member's undivided attention on AMORAL. Not one gig will be cancelled because of this: we have a few qualified bass players in line to help us out if needed, and already some very potential candidates for a permanent band member. Though we are gonna take our sweet time before making anyone an official member of the band, that's for sure. You don't just walk right in the AMORAL famiglia, you have to earn it... Erkki will play his last gig with us at Jalometalli, Oulu on August 17th. We wish him all the best with his future projects."
AMORAL recently posted the video for the song "Leave Your Dead Behind" at YouTube.
Spikefarm Records released the Internet-only "Leave Your Dead Behind" single on June 6. The bonus track for this release was a cover of Swedish pop star PANDORA's song "The Naked Sun". AMORAL's back catalogue has also gone digital: "Wound Creations" (2004) and "Decrowning" (2005) were released to digital music distributors on May 23.
As previously reported, AMORAL has posted a new song, entitled "Mute", on its MySpace page. The track comes off the group's upcoming third album, "Reptile Ride" (view cover artwork by Aki Siltala at this location) due on August 15 via Spikefarm Records. The CD was produced, recorded and mixed by Janne Saksa at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland.