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Emerald Part Ways With Drummer and Announce Replacement

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD have issued the following update:

"We have sad news and good news. EMERALD member Andreas Bächler (drums) has decided to leave the band! He would like to set new priorities in his life and turn to other interests. There are no hard feelings between Andreas and the rest of the band, there is still a deep friendship. He recorded the drums for the new album 'Hymns to Steel' (release is planned for September) and will play a last concert with EMERALD in autumn after the release of the new album (at the release party). EMERALD would like to thank Andy for his fantastic drumming, for his tireless efforts for EMERALD and for the precious friendship. We will miss you, brother!

"The good news is that we can already announce the replacement for Andreas (we know about his decision already since January). The new man on drums is a very known one from the EMERALD crew: Alex Spicher! He drew already the artwork to the debut album 'Rebels of our Time' and designed the EMERALD logo, a long-standing friend of the band. He takes immediately the place behind the drums. Welcome on board, Al!!

"The first concert [with] the new line-up will be held on May 29, 2007 as support for SABATON on their European tour in Uster, Switzerland."

"Hymns to Steel" projected track listing (in no particular order):

01. Preparing for Battle
02. Hymns to Steel
03. Revenge
04. Bastardo
05. My Way
06. Blind Mass
07. Will you ever Return
08. We Shall Rise
09. Empire of Lies
10. Bard of the King
11. Warlord's Wrath (BLACK KNIGHT cover)
12. Azrael (CRIMSON GLORY cover)

Source: Blabbermouth

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