Guitarist Gus G. (ex-DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY) of the Greek/Swedish power metallers FIREWIND has posted the following message on the band's official web site:"We're in cold, snowy Sweden for a week now and recordings have been going great so far. The studio we're recording at is very comfortable with top-notch equipment and its owner, Martin Kronlund, is an amazing guy and has been taking care of us really well.
"Drums are already done; Mr. [Mark] Cross [ex-HELLOWEEN, METALIUM] managed to break four cymbals the first three days of the recordings! He sure did beat the hell out of those drums and this album will be another proof on why he is a world elite drummer. "Outside it's snowing, it must be -10 Celsius degrees, but I'm inside already laying down the rhythm guitar parts. Massive tone provided by Mr. Nordström [Fredrik Nordström, producer] …and my hands, of course! ;-) "Next week Bob [Katsionis, keyboards] and Petros [Christo, bass] are arriving from Greece to record their parts." FIREWIND are recording the new album at GM Recordings and will mix the effort at Studio Fredman with Fredrik Nordström and Patrik J. Sten. The mastering will take place early March in Stockholm with Peter in de Betou at Tailor Maid Productions. A late May/early June release is expected. FIREWIND recently announced the addition of singer Apollo Papathanasio (ex-MAJESTIC, TIME REQUIEM) and drummer Mark Cross. The band plan to make their live debut with the new lineup at ProgPower UK festival on March 25. FIREWIND's third album, "Forged by Fire", received its long-overdue U.S. release in July 2005 via Magick Records (a division of Cleopatra Records). Gus G. toured with ARCH ENEMY on Ozzfest 2005 as the group's touring guitarist after Christoper Amott bowed out of that band in order to "fully concentrate on his studies at home in Sweden," according to ARCH ENEMY axeman Michael Amott.