Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE have issued the following update:
"IN BATTLE announce new session drummer Tony Westermark, known from Sundsvall technical death metal band SOREPTION.
"We are proud to announce that we have found this young and extreme talent drummer for our upcomming tours. First up is the MARDUK tour in the Balkans. Later on in 2008 we got two more offrerings Europe and the U.S. More info to be announced later.
"So what about Nils [Fjellström, previous drummer] then... Hmm, we don't know. We have not heard anything from him since September. He has moved to his girlfriend in Austria and what we know [is] he [doesn't] want to be reached so we will bother him no more with mail bombs and so on; he is got to take contact with us if he wants anything...
"We are searching for labels who want to do the re-release of the two first IN BATTLE albums — the first one, [which] was released in 1997, 'In Battle', and the second one, 'Rage of the Northmen', released in 1998. Both of them [are] out of stock and we got mails almost everyday from people who wants to buy them, so we will do a remastering and new cover and release them again!!"
IN BATTLE recently posted fan-filmed video footage from its September 1, 2007 hometown CD-release gig at Pipeline. Watch the clip below.
IN BATTLE's fourth album, "Kingdom of Fear", was released on September 3 via Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Welcome to the Battlefield" was recorded at Epidemic studios in Sundsvall and was mixed by UNLEASHED's Fredrik Folkare at Chrome studios in Stockholm. The CD contains "11 songs of raw trashy death metal," according to a press release. Two video clips for the album have been filmed: "Kingdom of Fear" and "The Dead Shall See".
IN BATTLE's new album honors the memory of the group's former drummer, Otto Wiklund, who passed away in August 2006. Wiklund appeared on IN BATTLE's first two albums — "Lost in the Shadows Gray" (1997) and "The Rage of the Northmen" (1998) — and was also the session drummer for SETHERIAL, with whom he recorded the "Lords of the Nightrealm" album (1997).
IN BATTLE's 2004 CD, "Welcome to the Battlefield" (Cold/Metal Blade Records), was recorded at Courthouse Studio in Östersund, Sweden and at Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. The CD was mixed and mastered at Erik Rutan's (HATE ETERNAL/ex-MORBID ANGEL guitarist) Mana Recording Studios in Tampa, Florida with engineer Shawn Ohtani. Rutan also laid down a guest solo on the album.