Finnish metallers NORTHER have issued the following update:

“During the last couple of months guitarist Daniel Freyberg from NAILDOWN has been helping us out with our recent live duties. Since he turned out to be a perfect fit in every way we decided to offer him to become a permanent member of the band. Besides his skillfull guitar work, he is also a talented songwriter.

“We have started composing new material for the next full-length studio album which will be tentatively out in autumn 2010. At the moment we have a big bunch of great tracks from which we will start choosing the best ones for the album. ‘The cream always rises to the top so no filler allowed.’

“As a grand opening for our fans we are heading to Astia Studios next weekend to record one new song with our longtime producer Anssi Kippo. This exclusive song is going to be released as an online single during April 2010.”

Commented Freyberg: “I have really been enjoying my time in NORTHER from the very first show.

“After getting so well along with the guys, I was very pleased when they asked me to become a permanent member of the band.

“I really believe that together we’re going to create the strongest NORTHER album ever!”

NORTHER was founded in 2000 and has thus far released five full-length albums, two EPs, a DVD, four singles and the soundtrack to the Finnish film “V2”. The band has done extensive touring with such acts as DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, TURISAS and FINNTROLL.

NORTHER is currently signed to Century Media Records (Europe and USA) and Marquee Avalon (Japan).

NORTHER released its latest album, “N”, in North America on September 30, 2008. The record marked the band’s Century Media debut and featured two bonus tracks from the “No Way Back” EP, “No Way Back” and “C.U.S.”, along with a video for the song “We Rock”.

“N” entered the Finnish national chart at position No. 5 back in February 2008. The CD was recorded and produced by longtime partner Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM) at Astia Studios and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (DARK TRANQUILLITY, ARCH ENEMY, IN FLAMES) at Studio Fredman in Sweden.