After four full-length albums and one mini-album, Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER has officially decided to make its upcoming album a self-titled affair.
Commented guitarist Sander Gommans: "This album does not only show new elements of AFTER FOREVER, but it's also a reflection of the past. We wrote this album while negotiating with new labels and felt a lot of energy. The previous albums all had their own style and identity. This time we carried these different elements to the extremes.
"AFTER FOREVER is a metal band with classical influences. On our upcoming CD, the 'chemistry' between these two worlds worked out better than ever! Whatever we did in the past and planed for the future: you'll find it on 'After Forever'!"
According to an article on the Dutch web site Metalfan.nl, the song "Discord" will feature the Prague Symphonic Orchestra, while vocalist Doro Pesch can be heard dueting with AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen in the track "Who I Am". ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters reportedly makes an appearance on a track that had a working title of "De-Energized", although it is not clear if the cut will be re-named before the final product is released on March 23 via Nuclear Blast Records. Other songs set to appear on the CD include "Evoke", "Transitory", "Equally Destructive", "Withering Time", "Cry With A Smile", "Envision", "Who I Am" and "Empty Memories".
AFTER FOREVER's last album was "Remagine", which came out in 2005. The follow-up to 2004's "Invisible Circles" was recorded at Excess studio in Rotterdam, Holland and was mixed by Sascha Paeth and Philip Colodetti at the Gate studio in Wolfsburg, Germany.
AFTER FOREVER's former record label, Transmission Records, recently issued a two-disc compilation album containing the best songs from the band's first ten years of existence, plus previously unreleased material, non-album tracks, alternate takes, rarities and previously unreleased remixed versions. The set, which includes collaborations with such guest musicians as Sharon den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION), Arjen Lucassen and Damian Wilson (AYREON) and Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH), entered the Dutch national album chart at position No. 69 upon its release in June.