AMORPHIS – to enter the studio in September!
melancholic dark metal forerunners AMORPHIS have just announced that they will
enter the studio in September to record their yet-untitled 11th album, the
follow-up to 2011’s highly successful masterpiece “The Beginning Of Times” (Finnish
charts: #1, German charts: #16). Production and mixing duties will be taken over
by no less a figure than HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren, who
worked with bands such as CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL and DIMMU
BORGIR in the past. AMORPHIS’ guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen
“We had to face the fact that if we want to develop our music and sound we need
a producer who has a vision and whom we can accept as an authority, for I know
that we’re not the most flexible guys when it comes to letting outsiders into
our camp for telling us how to do things. We spent one evening at our management
office, talking about the right producer and the recording sessions in general.
As usual the best decisions are not far to seek. We've been talking to Peter
about him producing AMORPHIS for ages - I think the first time we spoke about
this was when we met first at the Nuclear Blast festival tour in 1994 and it was
in Helsinki around a year ago when we last speculated about the idea. We've been
following Peter's career - he's developed as a musician and especially as a
producer over the years. Plus he's one of the true survivors from the 90's death
metal scene who is still around just like us, so we share kind of an "old school"
The recordings are set to take place in the famous premises of Petrax Studio in
Hollola (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KORPIKLAANI) and 5K Studios in Helsinki.
“We’ve decided to record in Finland, so that Peter can come here to escape to
Petrax in the countryside together with us in order to record all the drums plus
some additional lines. Later on, we’ll continue in Helsinki at 5K Studios to lay
down the rest of the material. The mixing will be done with Peter in the Swedish
Abyss Studios. We’ll keep you posted about how the sessions proceed!”
As far as the new material is concerned, Esa’s elation is contagious:
“Over the last couple of weeks we've had some really intense rehearsing for the
forthcoming album. Originally we laid down around 20 new songs as demos, now we
are proceeding with 14 tracks. I'm really thrilled about the idea to take a
major step away from the so-called routines that we've had with our last records.
While promoting “The Beginning Of Times” we started to feel that we were giving
the same explanations over and over again when people asked about the studio
process and how the songs came about. Even though the music was very strong, the
making process didn’t offer any surprises and appeared to be quite secured. Now
the addition of a new dimension to the developing process has inspired us to
focus on our material even more. The songs are extremely strong, bombastic and
skull-pummelling. Though it’s too early for a statement like this, I’d already
love to say that we’ve created the best AMORPHIS album ever. We’ll do our best!”
If you haven’t caught AMORPHIS live so far, you better hurry: “We’ll be
finishing our `The Beginning Of Times´ tour in December in Finland. These are
the last shows we’ll play before our new album comes out, so try to catch us if
AMORPHIS’ 11th studio album is planned for a March/April 2013 release via
Nuclear Blast Records.