Swedish metallers SATARIEL have announced the addition of guitarist Simon Johansson to the group's ranks. "Simon is no stranger [to SATARIEL], as he did some fabulous guest guitar solos on SATARIEL's previous full-length album 'Hydra', released in 2005," the band writes in a press release. "He has since then remained a friend, and when Mikael Granqvist decided to leave, Simon was the first pick to fill his spot.

"Simon Johansson is best known to most of you from his other bands MEMORY GARDEN and STEEL ATTACK in which he still also plays.

"SATARIEL are very happy to add Simon to a already strong band. On the next album it is very likely that we will hear a few songs written by Simon, along those of Magnus and Pär, who thus far have composed the main part of SATARIEL's songs."

SATARIEL recently released its long-awaited new mini-CD, "Chifra", via Pulverised Records. The CD was mixed by Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, MESSHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Magnus Alakangas at Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden and features artwork and layout by Pär Johansson. Lyrically, the CD is said to be "a sort of ending of the concept which was the basis" for SATARIEL's third album, "Hydra", according to a statement from the band.

"Chifra" track listing:

01. Hogtied Angel
02. Slithering
03. Chifra
04. Flies Halo
05. Hogtied Angel (video)

Check out audio samples at

SATARIEL is reportedly still signed to Cold/Regain Records for its next full-length album, which is now starting to take form.

SATARIEL released its sophomore CD, "Phobos & Deimos", in 2002 through the now-defunct Dutch label Hammerheart Records.

"Hogtied Angel" video:


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