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Wasting no time following Andy Techakosit's (bass/vocals) recent announcement that he would be leaving SARPANITUM to pursue his academic career, the band are pleased to welcome Vic Lochab to their ranks. Vic’s musical ability and enthusiasm made the decision to take him on as a session bassist a no-brainer and the foursome are looking forward to hitting the stage again with a new sense of vigour. Lead vocal responsibilities will now be handled by guitarist Mark Broster, who is not only excited by this new challenge but eager to put his pipes to good use in the name of Sarpanitum.
Restructuring their set-up has breathed a new life into the band whose previous live shows and debut album, "Despoilment Of Origin", saw them hailed as the UK’s brightest hope in underground death metal circles by numerous publications, webzines and audiences alike. For Sarpanitum it marks a turning point; symbolising the start of a new chapter in the band’s history. Material for their second album is already underway and promises to raise the bar for UK death metal even further still.
Founded by MITHRAS mastermind Leon Macey, Galactic Records launched in late 2006 and brought with it two exceptional debut releases from two very different artists: the UK's fastest-rising death metal contenders, Sarpanitum, and Welsh/Swedish atmospheric instrumental hybrid Sepia Dreamer.
"Sarpanitum are an anomaly in the UK death metal scene. Their debut for us, 'Despoilment Of Origin,' is a sophisticated and brutal release, and for such a young band, it's damn impressive!" says Leon of his first signing. "I was a big fan of Sepia Dreamer's first recording, 'Portraits Of Forgotten Memories,' and always believed that with a label brave enough to take the risk with a totally instrumental album they would go down really well with an extreme audience. 'The Sublime' isn't a shoe-gazing affair, but the emotional edge it displays should appeal to many as a welcome break from the barrage of blastbeats most extreme music fans have become accustomed to."
Leon also helped Sepia Dreamer realize "The Sublime" in a recorded format by lending his drumming skills on the album - which manifests itself in a very different style to that which he is used to with his own band MITHRAS. "It was a real challenge with just four hours available to lay down an album's worth of drumming for a style miles from my comfort zone, but I think it lends itself well to the music," he comments.
Both releases are distributed worldwide via the UK's largest independent music distributor, Plastic Head, and should be found lurking in a record shop near you! Releases are also available via the label's site: www.galacticrecords.co.uk. A track from Sarpanitum's album is included on Terrorizer's current issue and music from both bands can be heard through www.myspace.com/galacticrecords.