ZYKLON/EMPEROR guitarist Samoth (real name: Tomas Haugen) has issued the following update:"Earlier this week I joined my friends in MINDGRINDER on stage in Oslo for a few tracks at the Wacken Battle show, stepping in for guitarist Håkon, who was away on a wildlife expedition of some sort. "In related news, MINDGRINDER has, in addition to a full new album, recorded EMPEROR's 'I Am The Black Wizards' for an upcoming triple tribute to EMPEROR/VED BUENS ENDE/ARCTURUS entitled 'Old Crown, New Spawn'. They even convinced my father to play bass on the track; pretty cool. "As for my new project [with with Cosmo from MINDGRINDER], things are still in motion, planning to work hard over Easter with Cosmo to finish the pre-production/ demo recordings. We've not yet decided on a final recording lineup for the album, nor a band name, but once it's nailed, we will let you know. I'm definitely happy with the progression of the material and I'm excited to see the results of this venture." Samoth previously stated about the musical direction of his new project, "Extreme metal is what runs in my blood, so extreme metal it is! Actually, deathrash was the blueprint Cosmo and I had set when first starting to work on it. It's less extreme than ZYKLON, but still elements of death metal, lots of thrashy elements, old school and new school, catchy groovy hooks, some melodic atmospheric stuff, some eerie stuff."