NIGHTSHADE, the new project featuring former USURPER guitarist Rick Scythe, has parted ways with Dan Yell (keyboards, organ) and Naught Norty (bass) and has replaced them with Donna and Dan Geist, respectively. According to the band, "Dan Geist is a local bass player who has been supporting the Chicago scene for many years. He was recommended by drummer Timster as the two have been in a band together in the past. Dan's great bass playing as well as professional attitude and image makes him the perfect fit for NIGHTSHADE. Donna is a classically trained pianist who brings much more depth to the key/organ parts and will be a driving force on the next NIGHTSHADE recordings."The new NIGHTSHADE will be recording new material in the next few weeks and plans to release an Internet-only five-song EP around Candlemass Eve in 2009. Songtitles set to appear on the effort include "The Iron Witch", "Mount Misery" and "Funeral At Loch Ness". According to the band, "all the new songs will be heavier and darker than anything done in the past, yet still 100% compatible with what you'd expect from NIGHTSHADE." NIGHTSHADE has just released its debut album, "Autumnal Equinox", through Sempiternal Productions. It was made available as a 13-song full-length CD plus DVD complete with promo videos, a photo gallery, interviews and more.