Swedish death metal act Miseration posted news today that they have undergone some lineup changes and it’s not all bad! Multi-instrumentalist Jani Stefanovic (Solution .45, The Few Against Many) has rejoined the band, taking over once more his duties on lead guitar. Here’s the statement he wrote in regards to rejoining:
A short input from my part. As you all have noticed I am back in business again and this feels extremely good. I am so happy that the rest of the guys gave me the benefit of a doubt to come back although I decided to leave awhile ago.
To briefly explain why I left: I was simply in a place in life where I needed to focus on other things, which did not include Miseration. And rather to hold back the band I decided to leave, so that they could carry on without me holding them back from any future plans they had. I was unemployed at that time and had been that for quite some time, which just ate me up. Coming out from a really bad life situation, in every aspect, I needed to recharge my batteries. My life is just great now, being married to a wonderful girl and having a great steady day-time job. In fact, I can´t remember the last time I felt this happy.
However, during this off-period from the band, I never stopped having contact with Christian, since we are good friends outside our bands as well. So there were no hard feelings whatsoever when I left. Needless to say, as my life situation got better, my hunger for music grew strong again and I started to regret my decisions, cause I assumed that I would never be able to rejoin. But life is smiling at me right now and things turned out pretty good from my point of view. I was a part of creating Miseration, so it has a very special place in my heart. I am really excited to be back and I am so glad the band decided that they wanted me back. It warms my heart endlessly. I think we have a strong unit, with a lot of potential and so I am ready to strike at full force again. Hope to see you all out there soon.
Awesome! He’s a killer guitarist and his resignation last year didn’t sit all that well with me. Sadly, though, there is also bad news. Tobias Alpadie, the guitarist who replaced Jani, has left the band. While we did never get to see him in action as he only joined the band in 2010, it’s always a little sad to see a band member leave. But it seems to be a mutual departure as he has his schedule conflicts with other bands and Miseration truthfully has no need for 3 guitarists (I’m looking at you Whitechapel). But that’s not all the changes Miseration have undergone.
Bassist Johan Ylenstrand has also left the band for personal reasons. Here’s his short-but-effective statement:
My journey in Miseration has come to an end. I have decided to leave the band. My life has gone through some big changes the past year. So when the band is heading back into the studio I feel like I don’t have the time, nor the motivation to follow them.
I would like to thank the rest of the guys for the past years. It’s been fun and I’m proud of what we have accomplished. I’m sure the new record is going to kick some serious ass!
I’m still going to be a part of the music-scene with my other bands.
Bummer. He was never the star of Miseration, but he did have his place. Still, it’s always good to see a member quit with no grudges or animosity and I can respect his reasons entirely. Being in a band that doesn’t go triple platinum with every release can’t be easy and the difficulties they face just to fulfill their passion is beyond commendable.
Shitty news aside, Miseration are in the process of writing their third album which is being aimed for a late 2011 release! Fuck yeah! Their 2009 sophomore album The Mirroring Shadow was one of my favorites of the year (not just because of Christian Alvestam!) so I am definitely excited. The big question is what sound are they going to go for? Their debut was more in vein of Scar Symmetry melo-death where as the sophomore was entirely brutal, in-your-face death metal. Nevertheless, it’s probably going to kick large amounts of ass.
Last but not least, they’re filming a video for their song “Dreamdecipher” next week so there’s that to look forward to in the near future as well.
With that mouthful of news out of the way, enjoy the title track (and my personal favorite) off The Mirroring Shadow and be on the look out for a new album through Lifeforce Records later this year!