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Pantheist Recruits New Guitarist Pepijn Van Houwelingen

Pantheist has issued the following update about recruiting a new guitar player:

"So, the radio plays constantly and unrelentingly 'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year' or 'Let It Snow'; yet all I see around me are executions of people with learning difficulties, greedy publicans walking like zombies in multistories and snatching last minute deals while at the same time exchanging their Christmas presents for money, radical lunatics trying to blow up transatlantic planes during landing and other such heart warming events. To make matters worse, my favourite football team has failed -for the third year in a row- to buy a trustworthy central defender, and are now in danger of having their patchy defence exposed by the warriors of AS Roma. It's all looking gloomy, and I guess I'll blame it on my extensive 'doom' training throughout the years.

"Anyhow, we are not here to discuss world events; there are luckily some positive news as well. After a search that lasted for several months, we found ourselves jamming and rehearsing with Pepijn Van Houwelingen (ex In Age and Sadness). Although he is is known as a bass player/vocalist from his previous band, we discovered that he is a damn fine guitar player as well, so we'll continue to work with him and look forward to introduce him as our second guitar player in our upcoming gigs. We thank everyone who applied for the position, but as you all know there was only one position for guitar player to be filled.

"We are also currently working on new tracks, and are quite excited about how they are shaping up to be. Those of you who were lucky enough to see us in our October gigs, might have noticed that the new track we played (Broken Statue) has a more accessible sound than what people are used to from us, although still retaining that crucial Pantheist identity of epic mysticism. Most new tracks seem to be going in the same direction, favouring clean vocals and melodic riffs over brutal grunts and grinding parts. However, rest assured: the guitars will still be heavy and weighty and the tempos still uncomfortably slow. It's just a different approach, and we will be thrilled to try out a few new tracks upon unsuspecting audiences in our upcoming gigs.

"Lastly, we are also contributing a track to a split album with Remembrance, Gallileous, Dissolving of Prodigy and Wijlen Wij. This album, which will carry the theme of superstition as interpreted by the five bands, is to be released at some point in 2010 and the featured track will be a bit more 'regressive' -as it is to be expected from an irregular release- featuring a sound closer to our '1000 years' demo but with a more melodic touch. We will be keeping you informed on the developments. Here's to an exciting (but equally dark) new decade..."

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