Danish metallers BEYOND TWILIGHT have dismissed widespread rumors that their upcoming album will feature the vocal talents of SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen.
"The rumors spreading like wildfire about Russell Allen as new vocalist in BEYOND TWILIGHT were true for a while, but have now been cancelled," the group said in a statement. "Because of Russell Allen's busy schedule with SYMPHONY X, his solo project, numerous other projects and features on numerous other albums about to be released, the band has found it hard to work with Russell and have cancelled their plans with him as new vocalist."
Although the band's debut album, 2001's "The Devil's Hall Of Fame", featured MASTERPLAN/ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Jorn Lande, "BEYOND TWILIGHT have kept focus on getting a permanent member of the band — not a 'project singer' or a vocalist appearing everywhere, and has found what they were looking for," the group said. "Stay tuned for somewhat of a news bomb, as we'll reveal the dark secrets of the name of the new acclaimed vocalist."
With regards to the upcoming CD, the band write, "Finn Zierler [keyboardist/main composer] went out of his way to create the new masterpiece. The songs came together in three very different stages, which saw Finn isolated from the surroundings. The first stage took place in a dark attic for three days, then Finn was submerged into a cold lake for another couple of days, and finally walking around the streets of London, living in cardboard boxes for four days. No musical instruments were at hand during these sessions, so Finn wrote down all the music on sheet paper, thus creating what is going to become the new BEYOND TWILIGHT opus."
Recordings for the new album are taking place at Tommy Hansen's (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS) Jailhouse Studio in Horsens, Denmark and in Jacob Hansen's (RAUNCHY, ILLDISPOSED, ANCIENT, MANTICORA, MERCENARY) Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark (Keyboards, lead guitar and drums were recorded at Jailhouse, while the rhythm guitar and bass were recorded at Hansen.) Finn Zierler, Tommy Hansen and Jacob Hansen have been acting as engineers and producers on the recordings.
In other news, acclaimed producer and INVOCATOR mainman Jacob Hansen has joined BEYOND TWILIGHT as the band's second guitarist. "Jacob is a perfect fit for the band, and the recordings has gone just perfect," BEYOND TWILIGHT said. "Jacob has brought his great skills and energy to the recordings. BEYOND TWILIGHT are extraordinarily happy with the new reinforcement."