SATARIEL Rejoined By Founding Guitarist

Swedish melodic death metallers SATARIEL have announced the return of guitarist and founding member Mikael Granqvist to the group’s ranks.

Commented the band: “When Mike decided to quit after recording the ‘Chifra’ EP, we lost an important creative force and also a big part of the SATARIEL spirit. It isn’t an overstatement to say that much of our drive and resolve vanished — to some extent leading us into the long hiatus we’ve only just recently recovered from. Therefore, we’re really happy that circumstances changed and Mike wanted back in. Fuck yeah!

“We’d also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Simon Johansson who stepped up when Mike left. Even though not much happened during the years he was a member (sorry…), it was a great feeling having him at our side. Hopefully, he’ll still put down some awesome guitar solos as a session member on the forthcoming ‘White Ink’, like he did on our last couple of albums. You rule, Simon!”

An audio sample of the song “Daemons” from “White Ink”, the forthcoming full-length album from SATARIEL, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The band previously stated that the new CD would “continue in the sound of [the band’s mini-CD] ‘Chifra’, which was released [in 2007], but probably will have a little more aggressivity and ‘evil’ added to it this time, as the lyrics pretty much demand that this time around.”

“Chifra” was mixed by Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, MESSHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Magnus Alakangas at Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden and featured artwork and layout by Pär Johansson.


Pär Johansson – Vocals
Magnus Alakangas – Guitar
Robert Sundelin – Drums
Mikael Granbacke – Bass
Mikael Granqvist – Guitar