Former HALFORD/current PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak has issued the following update on his recent activities:
"Two days ago I returned from the very, very — and I mean very — metal city of Gothenburg, Sweden where I recorded my guitars for the debut album from HAMMERFALL's Joacim Cans. The album is CANS 'Beyond The Gates' and should be out in April of 2004. I joined forces with Joacim on this what I feel will really be a much-talked-about album. High-quality songs on the entire album. I did guitars with Stefan Elmgren, also from HAMMERFALL. We did the tracking at the famed Studio Fredman (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) and that was an experience in its own right. Basically at that studio, well ... you hear metal 24/7 !! I must say I did not hear one clean note my all 10 days there — now, that is metal!! All 10 days I drank like a fish and ultimately met one of my guitar influences, Andy LaRocque [KING DIAMOND]. It was nice to escape the 'biz' of this all and just play guitar non-stop for 10 days, the reason why I got into this in the first place. Also caught up with some Internet friends like Wojtek from LUCIFERION, Gus G [DREAM EVIL] and all. That place in just awesome and reminded me of my childhood in Poland. www.joacimcans.com
"While there, I also did a guest solo on the new album from Fredrik Nordström's vicious band DREAM EVIL. I did an insane guitar trade of section with Gus G. (also in FIREWIND). Total tasteless, self-indulgent guitar shred that was wonderful to record. DREAM EVIL guys are killer and have one of the best drummers in metal: Snowy Shaw [ex-KING DIAMOND, MEMENTO MORI]. That CD should be out in '04 on Century Media.
"Carrying on ... I will be doing two guest DJ spots on 'Metal Mania' NJ's WDHA 105.5 FM with Matt Murray. The shows will air 12/26 and 1/2. On 1/2 we'll do a year in review segment. www.wdhafm.com
"Year 2004 will be also picking up with my 'Flurry Of Black Notes' Pt. II guitar clinic appearances across the East Coast. After that its straight to the set up for the debut from PAINMUSEUM, followed by touring.
"Also myself, Tim and Bobby from PAINMUSEUM wish everyone a safe New Year, stay METAL - reject the rest. We'll see you in 2004. This time on the road everyone!!!!!!"