MANTICORA Announces New Keyboardist

Danish metallers MANTICORA have issued the following update:

"As some of you might have seen, our North American tour that was to take place in February/March has been cancelled. It is sad that we, for the fifth time, have to write about a cancelled tour for MANTICORA, but it's nonetheless the truth, and out of our hands. We will do our utmost in cooperation with Intromental Management to find a new tour immediately, so we can cover both North America and Europe this year.

"We are proud to announce that MANTICORA has been confirmed for the Castle Festival in Beograd, Serbia on July 5th 2008. The festival hosts names such as JUDAS PRIEST, HELLOWEEN, SODOM, AVANTASIA, etc., so it will be a cool experience.

"After four years of searching for a keyboarder that could join the band on the same terms as the rest of the band (not just a session keyboarder), we have finally found the man!! His name is Ronni Clasen, and he is living here in Copenhagen. Ronni is in his late 20s, listens to prog and power metal and is extremely talented = he fits MANTICORA very well, hahaha. Besides, he is a very cool guy to hang around with, so the social aspect is there as well. He has already performed with us at several occasions (Copenhagen, Romania, Germany), and passed the MANTICORA ritual at our annual X-mas lunch, so we know we have found the right guy for the job. You are welcome to send a big hello to Ronni on our forum. We think he'd appreciate it."

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MANTICORA released its sixth full-length album, "The Black Circus Part 2 - Disclosure", in the U.S. in June 2007 via Locomotive. The companion CD to 2006's "The Black Circus, Part 1 – Letters" was mixed at the Jailhouse studios in Horsens, Denmark between January 25, 2007 and February 1 with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, TNT, PRETTY MAIDS, FATE).

The two-album "The Black Circus" concept project tells the story of the horrific perils of a traveling circus in the 19th century.

MANTICORA recorded a cover of TANKARD's "Total Addiction" ("a real thrash metal classic!!!" according to the band) for a TANKARD tribute album, which was released in August by AFM Records.

MANTICORA live in Romania:

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