ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET, the Swedish band featuring former THE CROWN vocalist Johan Lindstrand, has issued the following update:"We will start with a couple of auditions [for a new guitarist] today. We have three guys on our current list that seems interesting for us. Stay tuned for more info on how that progress goes. "And I [need to] tell you that we will not release a new album this year. We have worked really hard since we started in 2004 but 2009 will be the first year to put our feet on the breaks. We will take it really easy with stuff. Do a couple of one-off shows, get a new member and then focus on the fourth album in 2010. We are definitely not in a hurry, but when we do come back with new material it will be something special. That's a promise." Longtime ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET guitarist Mikael Lagerblad quit the band on April 1. A session guitarist by the name of Rune Foss (RECLUSION) was recruited for the group's recent European dates. Mikael Lagerblad said in a statement: "After three albums and almost five years in the band, I have decided to quit. It has been a great time and I'm proud of the music that we have created. Even though ONE MAN ARMY has been a big part of my life, I feel I'm ready to move on. During the last couple of months my motivation and inspiration has not been at the high level it used to be. It might sound like a cliché, but there's no bad blood between us and I'm comfortable with my decision." ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET's third album, "Grim Tales", was released on October 24, 2008 via Massacre Records. The CD was made available as a limited-edition digipack containing a bonus DVD. It was recorded at the Black Lounge Studios in Avesta, Sweden with producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY). Video footage of ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET's May 16, 2009 performance at the Rehvolution Festival in Lahr, Germany can be viewed below.
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