Los Angeles-based technical progressive metallers THE HUMAN ABSTRACT have issued the following update:"First and foremost, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT will no longer be working with Nathan Ells [vocals]. We want to wish Nathan the very best in his future endeavors. With that being said, we are now looking for our new lead singer. "To clue everyone in, our new singer must be into Chuck Norris, Van Damme and, most importantly, Steven Seagal movies. "We will be holding public auditions, so if you have what it takes please reach us at THAvocalistsearch@gmail.com and we will respond to you with more information. "But that's not all! "We want to formally announce greater news! We are working hand in hand with A.J. Minette on this next record which is well in the works. A.J. was the original guitarist alongside Dean [Herrera] for the band. Mr. Minette will be part of the writing force and will serve as producer for the third album. "We are tremendously excited to be working together again. A.J. wanted to add, 'Let me be the first to say…FIRST POST. NO ONE CARES. VAN FLIP.' "The process of completing this album has been prolonged and will take quite some time. The last couple of months have been spent trekking the great forests in our region, chanting great Orca hymns under the moon light, searching for guidance. "It is what we have to do in order to write you all a classical masterpiece of epic proportions. We have a couple songs in the works that are well underway to being completed. In fact we just finished recording a demo with A.J. "Finally, we want to go ahead and finish off by thanking you guys, the fans, that allow us to travel and share our music worldwide. Frank Herbert once said, 'Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.'" "Counting Down The Days", the latest video from THE HUMAN ABSTRACT, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's sophomore full-length album, "Midheaven", which came out in August 2008 via Hopeless Records. The CD "follows a full cycle of man while he makes his ascent and discoveries and is eventually brought down by his lust of conquest and greed," said Ells at the time of the album's release. "Basically we wanted to have this album be cohesive all the way through. We came up with themes for each song and then wrote the songs like we were doing a film score and try to capture the mood musically for what each theme represents." Although the initial sessions for "Midheaven" were helmed by veteran producer Toby Wright (METALLICA, SLAYER, ALICE IN CHAINS, SOULFLY, FEAR FACTORY), the CD was completed with a different producer and Wright's name was "wiped off all credits," according to drummer Brett Powell. THE HUMAN ABSTRACT's Hopeless Records debut, "Nocturne", was released in August 2006.
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