SPINESHANK drummer Tommy Decker recently posted the following update on the progress of the recording sessions for the band's forthcoming album, tentatively titled "Self Destructive Pattern" (formerly "Violent Mood Swings"):"This has been an extremely busy 2 weeks. To start things off, we decided to pack up and drive to [producer] Garth [Richardson]'s studio, just outside of Vancouver, Canada!! It was a last minute decision but it ended up being the right thing to do...the studio is right in the middle of a fucking forest, so there were NO distractions. And I'm not even kidding - we were chopping wood for heat. That should be the next reality show 'Spineshank's Little House On The Goddamn Prairie.' "It paid off, because Jonny and Rob were both singing great — we got a month of work done in about 2 weeks. We even finished a few songs that we didn't plan on finishing. We've recorded 16 or 17...I'm not exactly sure on it. "The next step is to listen to the rough mixes over the holidays to make sure that all the songs are as good as they can be, and then get it mixed in January. We are really trying to get things done fast because you guys have been waiting way too long. "I think you will all be happy with it - it has a lot of really cool melodic songs (that are still heavy!!) and it easily has the most brutal and fastest stuff we have ever done. I know every band says that their new record is the best ever, but I really think this is...and if you have any taste, you will agree. j/k. "I want you all to know that the artwork is already being worked on and it promises to be really dark and different. We got started on this early because on our 2 previous records, the artwork is what pushed back the release date. So as of right now we have a release date in May and we're going to do everything in our power to try and keep that date."