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Susperia Vocalist Set To Return At Steinkjer Festival In Norway

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Athera (Pål Mathiesen), vocalist for Norwegian thrashers SUSPERIA, is set to return to the stage at the Steinkjer Festival in Norway on Friday, June 26, 2009. The singer, who earlier this year suffered a heart attack that resulted in major open heart surgery, has made a rapid recovery and doctors have now given him the go ahead to make his comeback.

Athera recently gave his first interview since the heart attack to Belgium's Metal Nose. Talking about his new perspective on life he said, "I haven't seen the light or anything but things are certainly different. I would never ever dare to touch any kind of drugs anymore and I don't understand now how people can pull smoke into their lungs and stuff like that, even though I used to love it. I guess you must go through something like this to realize the dangers and insanity of some of the bad things in life." You can read that full interview here.

SUSPERIA's fifth studio album, "Attitude," was released last month via Candlelight Records, entering the official Norwegian Album Charts at position No. 28, whilst in the USA it was the No. 3 most added album on specialist Rock Radio Playlists. "Attitude" is the band's debut for the Candlelight label and features guest appearances from Chuck Billy (Testament) and Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir). Recording took place at Strand Studio and Studio Cyrus, Norway, with the mix being completed at Studio Fredman in Sweden by Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordstrom (Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, Opeth).

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