Norwegian thrashers DEAD TROOPER have parted ways with guitarist/vocalist Birger Larsen.
Commented Larsen: “After 10 wonderful years in DEAD TROOPER, I have decided to leave the band. The reason for me leaving is that it takes a lot of time, and effort, to make DEAD TROOPER the band it is today, and the band it will be in the future. The band needs members that have the possibilities for doing that, and for the time being it is not me. There is no bad blood between me and the rest of the band. It has been 10 years with so many good memories, Mexico, the European tour in 2005 with SUSPERIA and the Norwegian tour with fellow bastards PANTHEON I is standing out as highlights. My last two shows will be the Inferno metal festival [in] Norway and Musikkflekken (Sandvika) [on] April 13. Let’s make both nights a night to remember.” He added, “I’m still playing in METAL MILITIA and GROTESQUE HYSTERECTOMY.”
DEAD TROOPER recently released a live album with a bit of a difference. The eight-track effort, “No Tan En Vivo En Mexico”, with artwork by Danny Larsen, was released digitally on March 9, and is inspired by the band’s appearance at Mexico’s Wild Metal Fest last year which was rained off only one and a half songs into the set. As a result, the group decided to release a live studio recording of what would have been the entire show as a tribute to the fans who took DEAD TROOPER to their hearts after they performed an impromptu set at a local biker bar following the cancelation of the festival.
The members of DEAD TROOPER, who describe their music as “groovy, aggressive thrash metal,” are currently on the hunt for a label to release what will be their sophomore full-length album. The band’s next live appearance will take place at the Inferno Festival in Oslo on April 6.
“Kiss of the Kannibal”, a track from “No Tan En Vivo En Mexico”, along with other songs from DEAD TROOPER can be heard using the SoundCloud player below. Also available is audio of Meister Muller explaining the decision to release “No Tan En Vivo En Mexico” during a recent interview with DJ Malice for Canada’s Nuclear Holocaust Radio.
For more information, visit www.deadtrooper.com.