Vocalist Magnus "Masse" Broberg (a.k.a. Emperor Magus Caligula) of Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL has released the following statement:
"I would like to inform all of our fans that on Saturday, August 21, at the Summer Breeze festival in Germany, I will be doing my last show with DARK FUNERAL.
"Naturally, I have 'mixed feelings' about this decision, but it is final!
"They say that every person will have about 15 minutes of fame during their life! Well, I have had a 'hell of a ride' for 15 years now together with Lord Ahriman and DARK FUNERAL.
"As some people love to spread weird rumors about others, let me make this clear once and for all. I have not committed suicide, I have not taken an overdose, nor are there any personal issues between me and DARK FUNERAL. However, my life has taken a new turn lately, and I am also getting married this year (NOT to some crazy bitch in the U.S., though… Hahaha), whereof my priorities in life lie somewhere else.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank ALL of our fans for their amazing support during all the 15 years I've been with the band. And I would also like to thank my brothers in DARK FUNERAL for all these years together.
"Lord Ahriman and I have managed to raise DARK FUNERAL from the deepest of abyss, when we have confronted problems before. And there is NO doubt in my mind, that DARK FUNERAL, without me, will raise once more, stronger than ever...
"Thus I have spoken, thus shalt it be..."
Added guitarist and founding member Lord Ahriman: "Caligula and I have shared some 15 kick-ass years together. And I would naturally like to thank my brother for the amazing work he has done for DARK FUNERAL over all these years. It's been a pleasure indeed working together. You will be missed deeply! But, as with everything else, I understand when people change course and get new priorities in life. And I fully respect that. Life moves on, after all, and so will DARK FUNERAL.
"In the meantime, and while we're searching for a new vocalist, the most logical thing for us to do, is obviously to enter writing mode. And that's exactly what we'll be doing.
"From now on and until we have found and installed a new killer vocalist, we begin to work on a new full-length album. However, you can be rest assured that as soon as we have found a new vocalist, we'll set full force, and continue to tour the world in usual DARK FUNERAL manner.
"This statement also serves as an official launch for a new vocalist!
"Naturally, our demands on a new vocalist will be VERY high, but I/we are fully confident that there are some amazing vocalists out there that would fit us like a hand in glove. So if you do believe that you have what it takes to blow us away with your vocal skills, and to replace Caligula, don't hesitate to send us some audio/DVD files of your vocal performance!
"Send to: [email protected]
"Since the show at Summer Breeze festival on August 21th will be the very last show we will do with Caligula behind the mic, you can be sure that we'll prepare a very special pyro show.
"See you there!"
Fan-filmed video footage of Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL performing the song "Stigmata" on June 19, 2010 at Hellfest in Clisson, France can be viewed below.
"Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus", the new album from DARK FUNERAL, was released in North America on January 26, 2010 via Regain Records. The CD, which was made available in most European countries between November 18, 2009 and November 27, 2009, was recorded at Abyss Studio in Grangärde, Sweden with famed engineer and legendary producer Peter Tägtgren (PAIN, HYPOCRISY). Nine songs are featured on the effort, which is being described in a press release as "the band's most technical and varied album to date. And while still being true to their roots, they have taken a great step forward in the evolution of their brand of fine Swedish black metal. 'Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus' is, from the very beginning to the end, a hell ride you simply don't want to miss!"
The "Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus" cover artwork was created by Morbid (Daniel Valeriani).
"Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus" was released in a couple of different formats, including a two-disc limited edition containing one CD and one live DVD. The bonus live DVD features approximately 55 minutes of previously unreleased material professionally filmed with six cameras during the band's 15th anniversary show at the Peace & Love festival on June 28, 2008 in Borlänge, Sweden. The album also includes two versions (soft and hardcore) of the band's brand new video, "My Funeral".