Swedish death metallers DEMONICAL have parted ways with drummer Fredrik Widigs and guitarist Johan Jansson due to “personal and priority-related matters.” The remaining members of the band write in a statement: “These decisions have been in the making for quite some time but now all parties consider them final and official. Both Johan and Fredrik have been loyal soldiers and we thank them for their participation. However, rest assured, as the main songwriters are still in the band the mission, goal and outcome of DEMONICAL stays determined and intact.”
They add: “Currently we are looking to secure new members and we are hoping to present an updated lineup within the nearest future (applications are welcome, although we are already trying out a couple of potential candidates).
“We are soon rounding up the recordings of our fourth album, ‘Darkness Unbound’, at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm but we have decided to postpone the release date to August in order to better match our upcoming live activities and anticipated world tour.”
Regarding the musical direction and visual presentation of “Darkness Unbound”, DEMONICAL previously said: “The new material is clearly our most sinister, vicious and dark work up until to date and we are confident that ‘Darkness Unbound’ will be an important milestone not only for us as a band but also an album that will have a certain impact on the current death metal scene and especially the Swedish old-school wave.
“The artwork and visual concept of the album follows the same somber path as the music making it a solid entity of perpetual death metal darkness.”
DEMONICAL last year announced the addition of guitarist Daniel Gustavsson to the group’s ranks.
The band’s third album, “Death Infernal”, was released in April 2011 via Cyclone Empire.