Greek power metallers Firewind have announced the addition of vocalist Herbie Langhans to the fold, officially replacing Henning Basse. The band have also parted ways with guitarist/keyboardist Bob Katsionis.
Here’s a full statement from the band.
A NEW CHAPTER OF FIREWIND
Dear friends & supporters,
We’ve been pretty quiet about the new album but we’ll cut right to the chase.
After many years, Bob Katsionis is stepping down from the ongoing touring lifestyle and focus on his work as a producer / studio engineer as well as his own projects.
We’ve also parted ways with Henning Basse due to personal reasons that will prevent him from completing the upcoming album touring cycle and continuing with the band overall.
We thank them both for their time and contributions to Firewind. There’s absolutely no bad blood here, the guys are part of our legacy and we wish them best of luck for the future.
While this was a big challenge for us, it is a change that needed to happen in order for the band to continue. This is a rebirth of Firewind and a new chapter in our musical history.
At the same time we’d like to welcome new singer Herbie Langhans (Avantasia, x- Sinbreed).
Herbie is a hell of a singer and his powerful style breathes new life on our new material but also on our back catalogue.
He recently completed the vocals for our 9th studio album which is due later this year.
We’re very excited to finally reveal the upcoming album and share the new sounds with you! Stay tuned as more announcements coming real soon!
As they mention above, Firewind are putting the final touches on their new studio full-length record, marking the follow up to 2017’s ‘Immortals.’
Additionally, Firewind recently announced plans to join up with Symphony X and Primal Fear for a spring North American trek, boasting stops in NY, NJ, PA, Canada and much more. All dates are below.
May 14 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
May 15 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium (MA)
May 16 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy’s
May 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
May 18 – Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus
May 20 – Quebec City, QUE – Imperial
May 21 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
May 22 – Westland, MI – Token Lounge
May 23 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
May 24 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
May 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
May 27 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
May 29 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
May 31 – Vancouver, BC – The Venue
Jun 1 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Jun 2 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Jun 3 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
Jun 5 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
Jun 6 – West Hollywood, CA – Whisky a Go Go
Jun 7 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
Jun 8 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Jun 10 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
Jun 11 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Jun 12 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
Jun 13 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Jun 15 – West Palm Beach, FL – Kelsey Theater
Jun 16 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz
Jun 17 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade