Italian black metallers ABORYM, now featuring former EMPEROR and current SCUM drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun, have inked a two-album deal with Season of Mist. After comparing several offers from European and American labels, the band decided to sign with Season of Mist, in their opinion the best "quality black metal" label. ABORYM will record their new album during April-May 2005 in Rome, Italy.
The band's lineup has undergone several changes with the addition of Faust and vocalist Prime Evil (ex-MYSTICUM). Faust says: "Through the years my contribution to ABORYM varied from writing a few lyrics, doing some spoken passages, as well as playing with them live. I have great respect for the band and the people behind it. ABORYM is highly innovative and influential as far as the mixture of traditional black metal and electronics goes. I see my position in the band strengthening when becoming a permanent part of the band. I am going down to Rome later this year in order to participate on the recording of the fourth ABORYM album. I think it should easily surpass everything they have done earlier. It should be classic to say the least."
Prime Evil joins ABORYM as the replacement for the group's previous singer, Attila Csihar, who has returned to MAYHEM. Despite Attila's departure, Csihar will still find time to do some vocals on the new ABORYM album.
The new ABORYM lineup consists of:
Prime Evil - Vocals
M-Fabban - Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Programming
Faust - Drums
Nysrok Infernalien - Guitar, Synthesizer, Programming
Seth (DISSECTION) - Guitar
Attila Csihar (MAYHEM) - Guest Vocals
ABORYM is also working on a special track (as yet untitled) with Mr. Richard K Szabo from TWZ (Sweden).