Vocalist Suvi G of the Finnish "dark metal" act VANGUARD has issued the following update:
"The long wait is closing in on its end, the new album is being mixed as we speak. Mixing will be done by this Sunday and on [February] 29 when it's mastered at Finnvox Studios by Minerva Pappi, skies will fall and by gods, it will finally be finished. We're hoping to get it released soon after that. Anyway we will give you some bits to chew on from the mixed versions!
"We've had a couple of good gigs, the New Year's gig in St. Petersburg wasn't really a VANGUARD gig without our Tonmi [Lillman; drums], who had a previously booked gig with AJATTARA at the same time, but we were happily back together last Friday at the famous Tavastia club. The sounds are excellent there on stage which really makes a difference. It was fun to play and [presumably] not such a travesty for the listeners ears, either. These two were the first gigs without our pianist Lari, and I have to say it feels weird. Still I'd like to say, for the millionth time, my ever-grateful thanks to Antti and Teemu for helping out (and getting adopted by us) at Russia and for Janne of WALTARI and AJATTARA for helping out at Tavastia with DEATHSTARS. You all rock!! Next time we will probably have our new six-piece live line-up up and operational, that'll be something completely different. However, Lari as a brother-in-arms and as a band member will never be replaced, and we wish him nothing but happiness and good luck on his career. We miss you, bro!"
VANGUARD won a band contest held by Metal Hammer magazine and Armageddon Music at the Wacken Open Air festival in 2004 and released its debut record, "Succumbra", in the summer of 2005 through Armageddon. Since then VANGUARD has performed a number of gigs, including a club show at the Tuska festival and again in Germany at the Wacken Open Air festival.