Norwegian black/death metallers ANCIENT are working on their seventh album, "Chapter VII: Back From The Land Of The Dead", for a tentative fall release. Nick Barker (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH) recorded the drums for the CD at Alpha-Omega Studio in Como, Italy, and the guitars were laid down in March. Founder and frontman Zel (a.k.a. Aphazel) recorded vocals with Jacob Hansen (who also produced the "Proxima Centauri" album from 2002) in Denmark.
Comments Zel: "[There are] by far the best vocals I have done for ANCIENT.
"Recording with Jacob really made me start to enjoy the vocalist role again, a feeling stronger than I have had for years now.
"Recording at the Hansen studios, with the great set ups, effects, etc., somehow brings out the beast in me again, you will hear!"
There will also be some guest vocals on the album, to be announced later.
Recordings of bass and keyboards will take place in June and July, and the album should be finished around the end of July.
Adds Zel: "The recordings have taken more time than expected, but the way it goes now, this album is turning out to be a serious masterpiece and we absolutely want to give it all the time and attention necessary before making the final master.
"The wait has been long, and stressing for us, but it will be very worth it."
"Chapter VII: Back From The Land Of The Dead" is being recorded in seven different locations, with the best studio selected for each instrument in order to give the very best production ANCIENT has ever had.
States Zel: "This album is the most aggressive Ancient album so far, a lot thanks to Nick Barker.
"As always, there are many dark melodic and atmospheric parts to be found, the sound ANCIENT is known for."
Songtitles set to appear on "Chapter VII: Back From The Land Of The Dead" include:
* Born In The Land Of The Dead
* The Sempiternal Haze
* The Ancient Disarray
ANCIENT 2014 is:
Zel - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Dhilorz - guitar, bass
Nick Barker - drums
ANCIENT's sixth album, "Night Visit" was released in June 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Proxima Centauri" was recorded at Mirage and Alpha-Omega studios and was mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.). Mastering was done at Sterling Sound in New York City.