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Ancient Frontman Zel Converts To Christianity And Announces Plans For New Album

Ancient frontman Zel (formerly Aphazel) has issued the following announcement about converting to Christianity and update about the band working on a new album:

"Dear Ancient fans around this crazy world, it has been a long time since we launched news from Ancient, and many of you have gotten the impression that the band laid off after the Night Visit tours.

"I do admit that there has been times I believed the band had come to an end, especially after lack of inspiration for creating new music, having members practically spread around the globe and a rather tough situation with people downloading all music instead of buying cds, all in all made it look very dark and unrealistic that the band could come back and keep making albums again, and somehow I’ve felt it all slowly fading away.

"I am glad though, to announce that Ancient is no longer dead and we are again working on a new album. It’s hard to guess when we can be ready for recording, but I believe the beginning of 2012 can be the time for entering the studio, which means we can be looking at a release for spring next year.

"The new material I have been working with is a bit different than the older albums of Ancient, it is after all 7 years since Night Visit and during the years I’ve been inspired by many various kinds of music, not just metal. But I believe our fans will easily recognize our known style also with the new album. It seems most of the tracks will be more melodic than the ones on Night Visit and some will also be more technical somehow, without going too far in that direction. I have a feeling this album will become something VERY special and will please our fans beyond expectations.

"On a more personal note I can announce that as of lately I am now a christian (yes, I know some of you will freak out when reading this, but hey, I am really basically the same old guy as before) and in some ways this will affect the works I will be doing with Ancient from now on.

"This does not mean you’re about to get a more soft music from us or any such, do not worry. I am still living in Greece, and if things goes as planned I will be able to settle down here for good in about a year or two. Learning the Greek language doesn’t happen over night exactly. Things and plans may change, you never know, but for the moment this is my plan. It is sometimes an uncomfortable situation with having the other band members in Italy (Dhilorz), USA (Luci) and the UK (Nick Barker) but we will manage it, we always did in the past.

"I hope, and think, we can launch a little mp3 file here some time after the summer, with a clip of a new track, to let you all get a taste of what’s about to come. here are also possibilities of some live performances later this year, but at the moment we do not have anything confirmed. Any possible dates will of course be posted on the page here as soon as they become confirmed.

"At last, I will tell you that I have decided to do a change to my artistic name, my new name being simply 'Zel.' My close friends and some fans know already that I have been using this name for years, and in some ways I find this as a natural change, even though most of you out there will find it weird, I know. Anyways, it’s just a name..

"We do look forward to come back to the scene again and give you more new music and live performances with that special touch which always made the band Ancient somewhat different to the others in the scene around us. We know there are thousands of you out there waiting for us to come back, and you will be glad to see your wait was not in vain!"

The Ancient track "Exu" was also recently included in Metalunderground.com's look at anti-love metal for Valentine's Day 2011. You can check out the article here.

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