MITHRAS unleashed "ON STRANGE LOOPS", 10/21/2016 and REMASTERED VERSION 12/25/2016 via WILLOWTIP RECORDS (NORTH AMERICA) and GALACTIC RECORDS (EUROPE AND REST OF WORLD).
After giving it careful consideration over the last few months, I've made the decision that the Mithras show at Damnation Festival in November last year was most likely the band's last ever live show. Trying to get a live line-up together (and keep it together) that can accurately represent the music on our records has been no easy task, and has taken up an inordinate amount of the last 18 years that Mithras has been going. Specifically, finding a live drummer reliable and skilled enough has always been the band's Achilles heel, with our most recent (heavily advertised) drummer search also failing to turn up a suitable candidate. Despite a lot of interested parties we eventually had very few applications and from them we weren't able to find anyone suitable, either through simple logistics or musical suitability.
The drumming on our albums is an essential part of our sound, and I'm just not able to compromise by taking on a drummer who can't really manage our drum tracks properly just so we can play live shows, as I feel that betrays the whole purpose of Mithras generally and makes the shows unenjoyable for me as well as our fans, who expect to hear a performance pretty close to the records. That said, we've had great live drummers in the band in the past, and I'm sure there's someone out there somewhere who theoretically could do a great job, but the few live session drummers who can play our tempos are all based overseas and are heavily in demand so we're just not able to do the amount of touring necessary to attract them.
So going forward, I'm no longer looking for a live drummer for Mithras, which consequently means there's no plans for any further live shows. So as I said at the start, if you caught us at the end of last year at Damnation Festival you may well have seen our last ever live performance. At this stage in my life I've reached a point where I finally need to close the door on something which clearly isn't meant to be, for my own sanity if nothing else.
Thanks to Tom Hyde and Vic Lochab and everyone else who was part of Mithras live over the years, we did some great shows, and of course biggest thanks to those who came out to see us at the few occasions we did darken the stage with our presence.
It's not all doom and gloom; going forward I'm going to be looking at possibly doing some remasters of our back catalog and potentially some vinyl releases of our first two albums, so watch this space.
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-