Legendary drummer Hellhammer (real name Jan Axel von Blomberg; MAYHEM, WINDS, ex-ARCTURUS, DIMMU BORGIR, THE KOVENANT) concluded a series of drum recording sessions at TopRoom Studios in Norway for a new, as-yet-unnamed project spearheaded by Andy Winter (keyboard player for WINDS, AGE OF SILENCE, SCULPTURED).Comments Hellhammer: "It's now almost three and a half years after we recorded the drums for the WINDS album that just came out, so it was great to finally again play on some of Andy's new music. I have been looking forward to completing drums for this project for quite some time now, since we actually started talking about the idea for this more like five or six years ago. I also know very little has been said to anyone by Andy so far about this project, but I have known about it, and the plans, for a long time. All I can say is that this won't be a WINDS or AGE OF SILENCE release, but it will never the less be quite spectacular. This is the eighth record Andy and I have done together so far, and I'm looking forward a lot to see it all completed some time in the future. This is also probably the most different kind of drums I have ever recorded. But I am extremely pleased with the results." Comments Andy Winter: "I have mentioned this project a few times already in various WINDS interviews and in our web forum, so it may not be completely unknown to some. I have also so far only referred to it as my solo project for now, which is due to the fact that I will perform most of the instruments myself, with a few exceptions. Notably there will be a few different vocalist appearances, since I myself do not sing. So I will announce more about this as things are confirmed. I also think it is too early to say much about the musical direction at this stage, and I always have a hard time describing things anyway, but all will be revealed in good time. So while this project is also quite far from completion yet, at least we have now finished the first step, and I am also very happy with how things have turned out so far. It is safe to say that after completing the new WINDS record, we all needed a break from that kind of intense working conditions. So for this reason we have just decided to pick up this project that was started several years ago, and to just simply go with it, and have some fun in the process."
WINDS' "Prominence and Demise" was recently released on The End Records.