AVA INFERI, the Portugal-based band whose lineup includes Norwegian guitarist Rune Eriksen (a.k.a. ex-MAYHEM guitarist/songwriter Blasphemer), has announced the addition of drummer Sasha Horn (NOVEMBERS DOOM) to the group’s ranks.

Commented Rune: “After having had some contact with Sasha over the last few years, I am now very happy we have come to this joint conclusion. The last of the lost keys has been recovered!

“I have for some time now wanted to strengthen the fundament of the band, to go deeper and to include some heavier and more powerful elements into the sound of our creations. I truly believe that Sasha possesses the necessary qualities to make this happen, and I am highly confident about the next steps in our path together.”

Sasha had this to say about joining the band: “I was ecstatic beyond belief when this opportunity was brought to me, and needless to say, I jumped at the chance! I’m a huge fan of what AVA INFERI has created, and we anticipate wonderful things as a result of this new union.”

In other news, AVA INFERI has inked a deal with the London, England-based booking agency Mythology-Live (whose roster includes such bands as ELECTRIC WIZARD, ULVER, MAYHEM and many more). Mythology has a worldwide reputation for providing unique, cutting-edge music — delivering a vast array of talent to promoters in Australia, Asia, Europe and South America.

AVA INFERI‘s fourth album, “Onyx”, was released in February via Season Of Mist.