Guitarist Riku Hopeakoski of Finnish melodic black metallers CATAMENIA has issued the following update:
"I'm sad to inform you all about huge and unfortunate lineup changes in the band. Ari [Nissilä, guitar/vocals], Toni [Kansanoja, bass/backing vocals], Kari [Vähäkuopus, clean vocals] and Mikko [Nevanlahti, drums] decided to part ways with CATAMENIA because of their project bands, businesses, lack of inspiration and time, personal issues, etc.
[Addressing now-former members directly] "I had a great time with you and hope nothing but the best for you. We'll always be true friends, no question about it! You've been my family for years and you will always be part of it, now and in future! There are no words to describe, but only: thousands of sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart, guys — it was a damn awesome journey with great unforgettable memories! THANK YOU!!!
"But now some happier news. The first new attachment for the band is our ex-bassist Mikko Hepo-oja. He was our bassist during 'Winternight Tragedies' era. Also two new members join the band — drummer Tony Qvick and guitarist Sauli Jauhiainen. Also the new vocalist will be informed quite soon. So, all in all: we're back in business!"
The new CATAMENIA lineup is:
Riku Hopeakoski - Guitar
Mikko Hepo-oja - Bass
Tony Qvick - Drums
Sauli Jauhiainen - Guitar
[To Be Announced] - Vocals
"Cavalcade", the latest video from CATAMENIA, can be viewed below. The song is the title cut of the band's most recenr album, which was released on February 26 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded and mixed by Kari Vähäkuopus at Mastervox Studios in Oulu, Finland and was produced by CATAMENIA. POISONBLACK/ex-SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala makes a guest appearance on the album's opening track, "Blood Trails".
The cover artwork was created by REKH and can be viewed below.
CATAMENIA's previous CD, "VIII - The Time Unchained", came out in October 2008 via Massacre Records. The cover artwork was created by Anthony Clarkson.