Swedish modern metallers SONIC SYNDICATE have uploaded a new Sonic TV webisode featuring the first footage with the band's newest member, 23-year-old British singer Nathan James Biggs (formerly of THE HOLLOW EARTH THEORY).
"People from all over the world sent in demos when we announced that we were looking for a new vocalist and we narrowed them down to about 20 that we found particularly interesting," guitarist Roger Sjunnesson told Hallands Nyheter. "We then auditioned more than a dozen candidates in Falkenberg [Sweden] and we went out and partied together."
He added, "Personal chemistry was absolutely the most important factor in our decision. You have to be able to spend time with one another."
The new SONIC SYNDICATE lineup recently entered Abyss studios in Pärlby, outside Ludvika, Sweden to record two new songs — "Burn This City" and "Rebellion In Nightmare Land". "Burn This City" is said to be the more commercial track of the two that is suitable for the radio, while "Rebellion" has been described by Roger as a more uptempo song that the group's longtime fans can instantly identify with. Both tracks will appear on a new EP, "Rebellion", which will be released on November 6 as part of an all-in-one-package with the group's latest album, "Love And Other Disasters".
The cover artwork for "Rebellion" will be created by Gustavo Savez of Abstrata art.
A new SONIC SYNDICATE album is tentatively due in April/May 2010.
SONIC SYNDICATE, whose sound has thus far revolved around the dual vocals of Richard Sjunnesson and Roland Johansson, announced in March that Roland (who was responsible for the "clean"/melodic singing in the group) had decided to leave the band "due to personal reasons beyond our control."
Roland played his final show with SONIC SYNDICATE on August 29 at the Geuzenpop festival in Enschede, Holland.
"Love And Other Disasters" landed at position No. 15 on the Swedish and No. 36 on the German chart back in September 2008.