Acclaimed Swedish melodic metal act LION'S SHARE have parted ways with Pontus Egberg (bass) and Johan Koleberg (drums) due to personal differences. Lars Chriss (guitar) and Tony Niva (vocals) will continue writing and demoing material for the group's fifth studio album, to be released sometime in late 2003 or early 2004. More information, including samples of the band's previous work, can be obtained via the group's official web site at this location.
In related news, COSMIC SPHERE, which features in its ranks Chriss, guitarist Antti Wirman (WARMEN, CRAYDAWN), bassist Tapio Oksanen (CRAYDAWN), drummer Kristian Enqvist (ex-RISING FAITH), and an American vocalist presently known only as "Shawn", are in the process of recording a two-song demo, the drum tracks for which were completed last month at KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy LaRocque's Los Angered Recordings studio outside Gothenburg, Sweden. Playing a musical style described as "heavy, energetic and melodic metal in the vein of IN FLAMES/SOILWORK," the group will be demoing more material in the weeks to come with a view towards releasing their debut album sometime in 2003.
In other related news, Chriss' TYKOON project, which he co-founded with guitarist Tommy Denander, are preparing to get back into songwriting mode over the course of the coming weeks. Plans still exist for the band — which also includes former GLORY/LION'S SHARE bassist Andy Loos — to participate in an upcoming KISS tribute CD containing only Unmasked-era songs, to which they will contribute a version of "Easy As It Seems".