WORLD BELOW, the Swedish band featuring CARNAL FORGE/CENTINEX guitarist Jonas Kjellgren and CENTINEX drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl, have parted ways with bassist/vocalist Mikael Danielsson (ex-SIDEBURNERS). As a result, the group's previously announced tour with ISOLE has been cancelled.
Commented Kjellgren: "Sad but true — Mikael Danielsson has left the band today. Why? I don't really know, and I don't care either; that's just the way it is... [Guitarist] Per Nilsson [ALTERED AEON, SCAR SYMMETRY] left the band about one month ago. Now it's only Ronnie and me left, and we won't be able to do any gigs in a while until we get a serious line-up. In the future, I will handle both guitar and vocal duties, so we will just add a bass player to the line-up and continue as a three-piece!! WORLD BELOW won't stop until I'm dead, and that's no bullshit, that's just the way it is, OK!"
According to a posting on WORLD BELOW's web site, "The fact that Per Nilsson left the band doesn't/didn't cause any problems as all upcoming shows — including the tour [with ISOLE] — were going to happen with the help of a session guitarist.
WORLD BELOW's sophomore album, "Maelstrom", is available on Austria's Psychedoomelic Records.
The group, who were previously signed to Doom Symphony Records (a division of Italy's Underground Symphony), recorded the CD at Jonas' Black Lounge studios beginning this past January.
Germany Hellion Records has released a limited-edition (500 copies) vinyl version of "Maelstrom" featuring alternate artwork. Check it out here. It is available on both orange and brown heavy (190 g) vinyl (250 copies of each).
WORLD BELOW's debut CD, "Sacrifices to the Moon", was recorded in 2002 and released last August through Doom Symphony. The group's music is being described as a mixture of "CANDLEMASS and early BLACK SABBATH."