Vocalist Ard Chieftain O'Hagan of the long-running Irish folk metal act WAYLANDER has issued the following update:
"It's been a while but hopefully this update won't disappoint.
"We've managed to survive the ice and snow putting our energies into the creation of the new songs, which are ticking along nicely.
"We have decided to entitle the new album 'Kindred Spirits'. It will contain eight or nine songs and will be recorded in Foel Studios in Wales on the first two weeks of July. The likes of NAPALM DEATH, ELECTRIC WIZARD and PRIMORDIAL have recorded albums there so we're more than pleased with our choice. The studio is set amid stunning scenery and is owned by Dave Anderson (HAWKWIND). With several of us being big HAWKWIND fans, well, you can say we're a touch on the excited side.
"Once again, Listenable will release the album, some time around November is the plan. We're talking with a few tour promoters so hopefully we'll get something booked and give you all the chance to experience us in the live arena. Again, I call for anyone who is a promoter, knows a promoter or even has a contact for a promoter to send us a message. We're determined to play in as many places and as often as we can manage with this album but as we represent ourselves, it isn't always easy.
"A touch of sad news to finish. This will be Hugh's [O'Neill, guitar] last album with us as he's moving to London to attend music college which begins in September. He will continue to write and record with us until we enter Foel and hopefully we'll organise a farewell gig for him before he leaves for college. So, we need a replacement and are accepting applications now, Please no time wasters. Drop me a line at [email protected]"
Ard Chieftain O'Hagan (vocals)
Michael Proctor (bass)
Dave Briggs (folk instruments)
Saul McMichael (guitar)
Hugh O'Neill (guitar)
Den Ferran (drums)
WAYLANDER's latest album, "Honour Amongst Chaos", was released in 2008 via Listenable Records. According to a press release, the CD is "more powerful and beautiful than ever, using a vast array of Irish folk instruments and armed with their passion for metal in its truest form," according to a press release. "Blending epic atmospheres and relentless brutality, 'Honour Amongst Chaos' reflects the heart and soul of pagan warriors worldwide."