Danish metallers BEYOND TWILIGHT have issud the following update regarding the recording sessions for their new album:
"Thank you for being so patient about the new BEYOND TWILIGHT disc. The recordings are finished. We're now in a position where all that is left to do is mix at Jailhouse Studio in December.
"It is also time that we reveal who the new singer is, but before that we want to share some information with you about our choice and the kind of process we went through in order to find the perfect match for the band. We needed someone with a powerful voice, a lot of range, a theatrical attitude, and a personality that fits with the rest of the band. Finn [keyboardist/main composer] has been through over 280 tapes, CDs and auditions. Everything from semi-professionals to rockstars have made offers and been through the mill.
"As many of you know, the initial choice as the vocalist for BEYOND TWILIGHT's new album was Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X). Unfortunately, due to several factors already explained on our websites, this never worked out.
"While the rumour mills were conjuring up possible replacements we went about contacting various well-known singers. We used a lot of money on having singers going in and out of studios and at this stage we decided to go for a well-known vocalist in New York. Everything seemed to be more or less settled. But that didn't work out either.
"However, BEYOND TWILIGHT had an eye out for American singer Kelly Sundown Carpenter. Kelly is the vocalist in Texas power/progressive metal band OUTWORLD, fan of BEYOND TWILIGHT and had been communicating with Finn for a while. Time was short, but Finn insisted on giving him a chance, and when we opened the door for Kelly in the last minute, he sent us a demo, which totally blew us all away.
"For us there were no doubts — Kelly has got it all. His range is amazing (be it deep growls, incredible high-pitch singing or soft and tender parts, it's all there!), the theatrical aspect comes across extremely well, his ability to mesh himself into the songs is spot-on, and his entire positive attitude and energy is exactly what we were looking for in BEYOND TWILIGHT.
"Kelly flew to Denmark in October 2004 and stayed here for 15 days recording the vocals for the album together with Finn Zierler who has been engineering and producing the vocals. The outcome is fantastic!
"BEYOND TWILIGHT has also shot a video for one of the new songs in Copenhagen. The video is extremely dark and gloomy — totally befitting the concept of BEYOND TWILIGHT. Besides portraying the band, the video also features British model Morrigan Hel (who has been showcased in various videos, magazines and on album covers such as CRADLE OF FILTH's 'From the Cradle to Enslave').
"The title of the new album will be 'Section X'. Once you read the lyrics and get into the concept, you'll understand why Finn chose this title :-)
"The release date will be sometime in the spring… In the meantime, check out the new pictures of the band in the line-up section of the BEYOND TWILIGHT/Intromental site."