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Sonic Altar

Formed: 2006
From: Auckland, New Zealand
Last Known Status: Active

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Sonic Altar Going On Indefinite Hiatus

Sonic Altar has issued the following announcement about posting a new song online and going on indefinite hiatus:

"Hello world! Wow... It's been some time. Firstly, apologies for the lack of communication surrounding our activity this year. Friends and family will obviously already know what has been going on but for the rest of you, hopefully this will shed some light.

"Dave and I relocated to Gothenburg (Sweden) in January to pursue another project called The Terrorhawks and everything is in full swing over here. During this time we have also built our own recording and rehearsal studio called Greyskull.

"The project has since developed into a fully functional band. We are currently finishing off an album and are booking some gigs in Sweden and Denmark before the end of the year. When we have a single or something out, I'll post it up here for those interested.

"As for Sonic Altar, we are on an indefinite hiatus. Around 7 years of my life was dedicated to this band and perhaps some day it may return in some shape or form. But in the meantime, our respective interests are focused elsewhere. It's taken some time for me to be able to post this, due to many different reasons but the main one being that it is quite a sad thing to admit. There wasn't any animosity or anything between the band that has caused this, it was just time to take things to the next level and that could only really happen the way that it has. More...

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Sonic Altar Mixing New Album

New Zealand based metal group Sonic Altar is currently mixing the band's second album with Finnish producer/engineer Mikko Karmila (Children of Bodom, Nightwish) at Finnvox Studios.

“The first time around, we worked with a fantastic producer called Mike Exeter just after he had finished Heaven and Hell's The Devil You Know,” comments vocalist Kane Bennett. “We flew him out to New Zealand and worked with him in our own studio over a period of 6 weeks. I learned so much working closely with him during that time. When it came to producing and recording the new album, I felt I had enough experience to handle it myself, but we wanted to get someone with an impressive catalogue of previous work to mix it. One of the first people we thought of was Mikko Karmila, as we are all massive fans of what he has been involved with.”

Bennett will be travelling to Finland to work on the mix alongside Mikko. Regarding the album, Bennett says, “We have put a huge amount of work into this album! For instance we have probably recorded two or three different versions of it, reworking things each time, but now we finally feel like we have got it right. There are 12 songs on the album, just like ‘NO SACRIFICE’. The band’s sound and direction has evolved and so has the songwriting. It’s more modern and definitely heavier. This has had a lot to do with ‘fresh blood’ coming into the band in the form of guitarist Dave Hudson. He brought a lot of killer ideas in. Dave and I wrote about half the album together. It’s a very exciting time for us, all we need now is a title for it!”

The album is currently expected for release in early 2013.

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