HAMMEFALL singer Joacim Cans has posted the following message on his official web site:
"Well, after traveling around Europe for 11 days, promoting [my solo] album ['Beyond the Gates'] in Finland, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany and Holland, I am finally home to continue the promotion campaign with phoners. Springtime is in the air and maybe that's why most journalists are very positive to the upcoming album:-)
"I am still waiting for confirmations for the upcoming festival tour, but so far the promoters are a bit reserved. They want to wait for reviews and sales numbers before they make the final decision. In my opinion, the line-up would be good enough to book this band. Let us all hope that they will come to their senses very soon.
"In the meantime, I'm gonna start writing songs with [HAMMERFALL guitarist] Oscar [Dronjak] for the upcoming HAMMERFALL album. Oscar has been very productive and we are way ahead of the planned schedule. Now it's up to me to deliver the melodies and finally the lyrics. This fact might straighten out all the question marks whether or not I am leaving the band."
As previously reported, a brand-new track from Joacim's solo project, dubbed simply CANS, has been posted at the Sanctuary Records web site. The song, entitled "Fields of Yesterday", can be downloaded in MP3 format at this location.
"Fields of Yesterday" comes off CANS' debut album, "Beyond The Gates", due on April 19 through Sanctuary. The album was recorded between November 2003 and February 2004 at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, Frankie's Hideaway in the U.S. and House of Music Studios in Germany, and was mixed and mastered at Twilight Studios in Germany. The recording lineup on the CD was as follows: Cans (vocals), Mat Sinner (bass, SINNER), "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitars, ex-HALFORD, PAINMUSEUM), Stefan Elmgren (guitars, HAMMERFALL) and Mark Zonder (drums, FATES WARNING).
CANS shot a video for the song "Red Light" in Gothenburg between February 24 and 26. Joacim stated about the making of the clip, "I've never worked with so many people on a video. It's amazing!" Asked for the video's storyboard, Cans dropped words like "Torture scenes, car crash, shooting in a water tank."