Vocalist Jonathan "Joller" Albrechtsen has quit Danish thrashers HATESPHERE. His temporary replacement is Morten "Kruge" Madsen of the Danish metal band MEVADIO.
Despite Jonathan's exit, HATESPHERE has no intention of calling it a day and will hit the American shores as planned on February 24 as part of a month-long tour with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, OBSCURA and AUGURY.
Commented HATESPHERE bassist Mixen Lindberg: "Today is one of those strange days where two equally strong feelings are tossing my insides around in a ponderous fistfight. One is gloomy and leaving me with a sensation that we're stuck knee-deep in a twitch. The other one is relieved, proud and stronger than ever.
"Today we part ways with Joller. Having a hard time combining full-time work, two bands and a general lack of excitement on his part, Joller came to the conclusion that his time in HATESPHERE was up. We debated for a couple of days there, but saw it fitting that we let him go because you can't be in this band if your heart is not in place. So, as sad as it may be, we're happy to send him on his way so we can all on move on towards bigger and better things, fully focused.
"Now, we've endured hardship before so I am not worried one bit. Also, the energy in the band is at an all-time high, especially since Mike [Park, drums] joined us last year, and at this point, we're already in contact with several possible singers (with some really interesting people in the mix, might I add!). Tryouts will commence immediately upon arrival from our forthcoming U.S. tour, and shortly after that we will hit the studio to record something new and fresh."
In other news, HATESPHERE has acquired a new U.K. agent in the shape of Ian Shaw from Factory Music (CHILDREN OF BODOM, EXODUS, etc.). Touring activities for the U.K. and rest of Europe are already in the works.
HATESPHERE's latest album, "To The Nines" entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 36. The CD was recorded over a nine-day period at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MOONSPELL, DARK TRANQUILLITY, GOREFEST).