Australian Christian metallers MORTIFICATION have delayed the recording sessions for their next album, "Impailing the Goblin", following the departure of drummer Mike Forsberg. "Mike will be pursuing other projects and Steve and Mick Jelinic wish Mike all the best in his future endeavours," the band write in a press release. "All friendships are well intact. Mike now becomes a part of the extended MORTIFICATION family.
"The bond of friendship that exists between Steve and past MORT members is really amazing. Steve was out with former MORTIFICATION guitarist Lincoln Bowen last Saturday night checking out one of the bands that Lincoln is now part of. Lincoln's lattest musical move is into mainstream doom act THE ETERNAL who are signed to European label Firebox. THE ETERNAL completed their first European tour last year and you can catch Lincoln touring with them across Europe in mid 2006 and, currently, at shows across Australia. Lincoln is also part of ex-MORT drummer Phil Gibson's band CALLOUS, who recently changed their name to THREE TIMES FIRE. THREE TIMES FIRE will feature on the upcoming Soundmass compilation 'Oz Mosh 2005', which will also feature a MORTIFICATION song from the 'Brain Cleaner' album. Ex-MORT guitarist Mick Carlisle will be involved in one of Mike Forsberg's new projects. Mick Carlisle and Mike played together previously in CYBERGRIND and you can still pick up this grind classic from the Soundmass.com Store.
"Steve Rowe and Mick Jelinic will continue working on new material for 'Impailing the Goblin'. Once the album does get recorded you can expect a strong release with the best of a variety of material developed over a two year period."