Swedish power metallers DRAGONLAND have parted ways with guitarist Nicklas Magnusson and bassist Christer Pedersen. Taking over bass duties is Anders Hammer (NIGHTRAGE) and sitting behind the drums is Morten Lowe Sorensen (THE ARCANE ORDER, SUBMISSION, AMARANTHE). Previous drummer Jesse Lindskog will handle second-guitar duties in the future.
Commented guitarist Olof Mrck: "Many of you have been wondering about the exact status of the DRAGONLAND lineup since we performed shows the last couple of years with different members than the original lineup, and we now confirm these changes to be permanent. Our split with Nicklas Magnusson and Christer Pedersen was completely amicable, and we wish them all the best in the future, ponderously talented musicians as they both are. A big cheers to you for all the great years together! Stepping in are two close friends to the band, and phenomenally talented musicians. Morten's virtuoso drumming definitely lends our sound a new dimension, and Anders have laid down some really slick and technical bass lines, for all of you to enjoy this fall! We will unveil a release date soon, so stay tuned!"
DRAGONLAND 2011 is:
Vocals: Jonas Hedigert
Guitars: Olof Mrck
Keyboards: Elias Holmlid
Guitars: Jesse Lindskog
Bass: Anders Hammer
Drums: Morten Lowe Sorensen
DRAGONLAND's fifth album will be released before the end of the year via Germany's AFM Records. Several different studios were used to track this utterly ambitious CD, with Jacob Hansen adding his magic touch to the mix at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark. Twelve songs were recorded during the sessions, and the music itself is based on a deep and emotional story, picking up where the band's second album, "Holy War", left off nine years ago. The effort also includes a guest appearance by the legendary musical stage actor Fred Johanson.
Songtitles set to appear on the new album include "The Tempest", "A Stranger I Know", "The Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains" and "A Thousand Towers White".
DRAGONLAND's fourth album, "Astronomy", was released in November 2006 via Century Media Records.
New DRAGONLAND album trailer:
"The Shadow of the Mithril Mountains" full-length demo: