Finnish battle metallers TURISAS have commenced the recording process for their fourth studio album. The band is currently laying down drums at Atomic Spa studio in Helsinki, Finland, and will continue recording in different locations until the end of January. The follow-up to 2011’s “Stand Up And Fight” is scheduled for a release in May 2013 via Century Media Records.
In other news, TURISAS has announced changes in its lineup. The band’s original drummer, Tuomas “Tude” Lehtonen, is stepping aside, to be replaced by Jaakko Jakku. Also departing is bassist Jukka-Pekka Miettinen, who will focus on his own musical projects.
Lehtonen explains the reasons behind his decision: “I can’t tell you how hard it feels to step away from the path we’ve been walking together for the last 15 years — and to start a new era in my life without the band.
“There are many reasons for me to quit the band. The stress from the years spent on the road and different artistic visions have lead to a mutual decision for me to step back and hand over the drumsticks to the next guy.
“In any case, it has been a great experience and all the memories from being on the road are something that I will always cherish. The biggest thanks go to all of the past and present members of the band, not to forget all the technicians and fellow drummers I’ve met on shows and on tour — and, of course, especially to all the fans that have allowed us to grow to the level that TURISAS are at today.
“Good luck and lots of success to all my bandmates — I feel that I will never be straying too far away from the band. I shall always be proudly carrying the heart of TURISAS wherever I go. The man can leave the band but the band will never really leave the man.”
Lehtonen and Miettinen‘s “official farewell party” will take place at TURISAS‘ New Year’s Eve show on December 31, 2012 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.
Jakku has already started recording his drum parts for the upcoming album while the bass duties going forward will be taken care of by Jesper Anastasiadis. Both are excellent musicians and great personalities and the rest of TURISAS is already looking forward to the upcoming shows.
After finishing recording the album at the end of January, TURISAS will spend the spring on the road. The rest of the year 2013 is shaping up to be very busy, filled with festivals and tours.
2013 will kick off with TURISAS being part of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. The cruise will be followed by their Guards Of Glory tour throughout North America and Latin America. Support in North America will come from FIREWIND and STOLEN BABIES.