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Australia’s melodic death metal heavyweights ‘UNIVERSUM’ have announced they are to commence recording of the much anticipated follow-up to their highly successful debut album ‘LETO DESTINATUS’ in the coming months. Due for release in early 2010, the album tentatively titled ‘MORTUUS MACHINA’ will feature guest appearances from vocalist Christian Älvestam (ex Scar Symmetry, Miseration) as well as guest guitar solos from Nightrage axe men Marios Iliopoulos and Olof Mörck. Jens Bogren of Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Soilwork, Amon Amarth, Katatonia) will once again be handling both mixing and mastering duties. UNIVERSUM’s lead guitarist Michael Soininen comments: "We are all excited by how the new album is developing so far and believe that the songs have a newfound depth, both musically and lyrically. The combination of the new material, the great guest musicians Christian, Marios and Olof, along with Jens’s mixing and mastering should result in a great album”. In the 12 months since the release of their debut album "Leto Destinatus", UNIVERSUM have made a major impact both in Australia and internationally and have received widespread acclaim from the media and their ever growing legion of fans. The success of the debut album together with live performances alongside international big guns ‘Dragonforce’ (Australian national tour) and ‘Cradle of Filth’, a string of endorsements and a very well received video clip has seen UNIVERSUM quickly become regarded as one of Australia's premier melodic death metal acts. Stay tuned for further information on the forth coming album ‘MORTUUS MACHINA’ as it becomes available. Contact: UNIVERSUM E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.universum.com.au MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/universumband