Dutch melodic death metal band GOD DETHRONED entered Soundlodge studios in Germany in October with producer Jörg Uken to begin recording its new album, "Passiondale", for an April/May 2009 release via Metal Blade Records."Passiondale" will be a concept album about World War I. Songtitles set to appear on the CD are as follows: 01. Under A Darkening Sky
02. Behind Enemy Lines
03. Drowning in Mud
04. No-Man's Land
06. Poison Fog
07. Fallen Empires
08. Artifacts of the Great War
09. No Survivors Guitarist/vocalist Henri Sattler has issued the following update: "Rhythm guitars, bass and lead guitars are all finished now. "We took some time off from the studio to prepare some new things for us, like different bass lines, harmonies and other stuff we haven't done like this before.
"Producer Jörg Uken learned some new things when it came down to my unconventional way of composing harmony lines. One day we would record a melody line and the harmony just on the clicktrack to put it into the song later. He goes, 'This already sounds out of tune like this and we haven't even put it in the music yet.' I go, 'Just put it in the music, Jörg." It was nice to see this big question mark above his head when we checked out the result. It sounded just great. "You can check that out yourself when our album comes out somewhere in April next year.
Right now I'm finishing my lyrics and I already screamed my lungs out on a few tracks. Actually, now I'm writing the lyrics for the album, I realize how intensely sick this war was. World War I had the biggest amounts of casualties during a single battle than any other war in history. I've been stunned quite a few times when I did research for my lyrics. "Anyway, vocals should be ready by the end of next week.
"Then last but not least, we also started to work with keyboard player Danny Servaes again. He also played keyboards on the 'Grand Grimoire' and 'Bloody Blasphemy' albums. He just knows what to play to our songs and as promised our new album will go back to those old times, sound- and song-wise." GOD DETHRONED's last album, "The Toxic Touch", was released in the U.S. in November 2006 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Soundlodge Studios in Germany with producer Joerg Uken. Mastering was handled at Wisseloord Studios in Holland. Watch fan-filmed video footage of GOD DETHRONED performing at Terrorfest, which was held at Fenix, Ieper, Belgium on November 10, 2007: