FIREWIND: Studio Update

Guitarist Gus G. (ex-DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY) of the Greek/Swedish power metallers FIREWIND has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"I finally found some time to write and update you on what's been going on with our new album recordings.

"Bob [Katsionis, keyboards] and Petros [Christo, bass] arrived last week and laid down their parts and they did a great job! Bob played some pretty sick keyboard leads on this album. I finished all my solos too, came out great, I’m very proud of my playing on this album. I actually ended up using a lot of wah since I got my brand new pedal from Morley. Special thanx to Debbie Stewart and Kostas Kontostavlakis for making things happen. More info on that later, as there's some nice surprises on the way regarding my new wah endorsement.

"Apollo [Papathanasio; ex-MAJESTIC, TIME REQUIEM] came in a couple of days ago and we started with the vocals. He's been singing amazing stuff and gave our style a new flavor."

FIREWIND are recording the new album at GM Recordings and will mix the effort at Studio Fredman with Fredrik Nordström and Patrik J. Sten. The mastering will take place early March in Stockholm with Peter in de Betou at Tailor Maid Productions. A late May/early June release is expected.

FIREWIND recently announced the addition of singer Apollo Papathanasio (ex-MAJESTIC, TIME REQUIEM) and drummer Mark Cross (ex-HELLOWEEN, METALIUM) to the group's ranks. The band plan to make their live debut with the new lineup at ProgPower UK festival on March 25.

FIREWIND's third album, "Forged by Fire", received its long-overdue U.S. release in July 2005 via Magick Records (a division of Cleopatra Records).

Gus G. toured with ARCH ENEMY on Ozzfest 2005 as the group's touring guitarist after Christoper Amott bowed out of that band in order to "fully concentrate on his studies at home in Sweden," according to ARCH ENEMY axeman Michael Amott.

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