Norway's EINHERJER have parted ways with vocalist Ragnar Vikse and have enlisted guitarist and founding member Frode Glesnes to handle the vocal duties on the group's forthcoming CD, tentatively entitled Ethics Of The Spear, for release later in the year. The following is the band's official statement on the matter as posted on EINHERJER's official web site at www.einherjer.com:
“It is nearly a decade since we entered the studio for the first time to record our demo songs, compiled into a tape that we called Aurora Borealis. We were young, but we had visions and we had will. We were to create most epic & atmospheric Viking Metal. Charged with the power of our heroic ancestors vigor and courage. Enchanted by the mysticism of their strong, undivided belief.
“Through the years, we have gone through many changes & we've had our ups and downs. We've done great albums and we've done great gigs, but we feel that we've reached a point were we have drifted a bit too far from, what we see as, our initial basis. This hasn't been an overnight decision, and it has certainly not been easy, but we felt the time was right to follow our hearts and take immediate action.
“The fact that Ragnar is out of the band, doesn't change the pride we feel for the last 4-5 years of EINHERJER's existence. It's just that we've tighten the grip in order to present what EINHERJER is all about. We want more of what's right in our hearts. We want to rebuild the essence of our musical approach, the way it was meant to be. Dark, mysterious & enchanting music with equally dark, mysterious & enchanting vocals. The Art of Viking Metal in its original form. Please welcome our new singer — Frode. You won't be disappointed…”