Sweden's GARDENIAN have cancelled their previously announced appearance at the fourth edition of the 2000 Decibel festival, which will be held on May 17 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). "We are sad to announce that we are forced to cancel the appearance at 2000 Decibel in Bengtsfors due to the fact that we really don't feel 100 % ready to enter the stage right now," the band said in an official statement. "The current recordings of our new material has taken much longer time than expected and therefore we have to cancel a gig we really was looking forward to."GARDENIAN, who split with Nuclear Blast Records in 2001, are presently recording the follow-up to 2000's "Sindustries" at Gothenburg, Sweden's Studio Fredman and will be using the finished CD to procure a new record deal. If all goes well, the as-yet-untitled effort will be out in late spring/early summer. GARDENIAN's current lineup consists of Niklas Engelin (guitar), Thim Blom (drums), Apollo Papathanasio (vocals, TIME REQUIEM), Robert Hakemo (bass, ex-GOOSEFLESH), and Kriss Albertsson (session guitar). Longtime guitarist/vocalist Jim Kjell, who played on the group's three full-length albums to date — 1997's "Two Feet Stand" (Listenable), 1999's "Soulburner" (Nuclear Blast), and "Sindustries" (Nuclear Blast) — in no longer the band, having found "the day job he was searching for," according to a statement on the group's new official web site.
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