So it may as well be known that for the past couple of months, I've been working with original Backmask bassist Eric Eskelson. Eric is not only an amazing bassist with a great tone, but also is an awesome vocalist, so all of the vocal harmonies and backup parts will be possible live. We're in the process of rehearsing material from "Dark Fiber" (which was written and recorded after his first run with the band) as well as writing and demoing new material for the next record. We're also going to begin auditioning drummers in the next few weeks. Once we have a drummer, we'll begin auditions for the second guitarist slot. The musical climate has changed drastically for the better since the last time we did auditions, so with any luck we will find like-minded musicians this time around (as in guys who actually listen to and play extreme metal, which has historically been scarce in Santa Barbara.) In any case, auditions are always fun and interesting.