Atlanta, Georgia-based progressive metal band HALCYON WAY has parted ways with singer Sean Shields due to creative differences.
Taking over on vocals for the Nightmare Records recording artist is Steve Braun, known for his work with Italian progressive metallers ASHENT, who have released two records via Lion Music.
"I'm really excited and humbled by the opportunity to jam with these guys, and I'm looking forward to help take the band to the next level on the new record," said Steve.
"We're very excited about having Steve in the band; he's got a fantastic voice and will have no trouble whatsoever with the older songs," stated guitarist Zane Matthews. "He's adding a lot of new life to the material for the new album, and he's a professional in every sense of the word — he's got a great attitude, and our fans will be thrilled with our choice. The new album is going to be crushing and it will be a great way for Steve to introduce himself to our fans."
HALCYON WAY is currently tracking the follow-up to "A Manifesto For Domination" for a tentative spring 2010 release. The album is being produced by Jon Bodan and Lasse Lammert, and the drums are being engineered by Mike Froedge (DOUBLEDRIVE, BLOODSIMPLE, DIXIE INCORPORATED) at Open Sky Studios in Atlanta. The band also just completed tracking a guest appearance by Pamela Moore of QUEENSRŸCHE fame.
The band will not miss any scheduled shows due to the move, and is scheduled to play at Pathfinder Metalfest on October 24, 2009 with ASKA, TWISTED TOWER DIRE, and many other acts.
HALCYON WAY has appeared at Rocklahoma on three occasions, Nightmare Metal Festival II, and at ProgPower USA twice, and has shared the stage with HELLOWEEN, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, KAMELOT, SYMPHONY X and DORO, among others.
"A Manifesto For Domination" was released in November 2008 on Nightmare Records. The album was produced by guitarist Jon Bodan, with assistance from James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY), and was mixed by Lasse Lammert (ALESTORM). It also featured guest appearances by Jonah Weingarten (PYRAMAZE, AVIAN) and Blaze Pearson (THE SOULS UNREST).
For more information, visit www.halcyonway.com.