Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, featuring Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt Grønbech) on guitars/bass/synth and Attila Chisar (ex-MAYHEM, ABORYM) on vocals, have parted ways with drummer Frost (a.k.a. Kjetil Haraldstad, SATYRICON).
Commened Obsidian: "It's impossible to focus on the future with a drummer that is living 500 km. from where I live. It can be done with a vocalist because he doesn't have to be on every rehearsal in the songwriting process, but the drummer needs to be there at all times to try out new ideas and material. So we finally have decided to bring our old drummer, Vyl, back into the band! His skills are far beyond what they were and our musical chemistry is just amazing.
"We can't begin to thank Frost enough for the great job he has done for the band!! We all salute you! For those who are wondering... We will continue our work with Attila."
Added Vyl: "Reclaiming the drum-throne! As some of you might have noticed, I'm back in the keeps of mighty KALESSIN. Due to some non-musical issues I have been away from KEEP OF KALESSIN for some time. But those things are straightened out and all in the past.
"We've been working on some new material the last couple of months, and I have to say that the musical chemistry now, is even better than prior to the dead period. It is great satisfactory playing with people that are sharing my musical goals and visions, and pushing me, the music and individual skills to the absolute limit. This is what I'm here to do, and I will beat the living hell out of those drums."
KEEP OF KALESSIN's most recent mini-album, "Reclaim", was released last December through FaceFront Records. The group's first release since 1999's "Agnen: A Journey through the Dark" (Avantgarde), "Reclaim" has been described as a new milestone in Norwegian black metal by the Norwegian press. "Reclaim" is available in the U.S. through The End mail-order. A new full-length album is tentatively expected in the spring/early summer 2005.