Los Angeles-based technical progressive metallers THE HUMAN ABSTRACT are taking the summer off from live performances to write material for their next record. During this time, the band's drummer Brett Powell will be giving lessons in downtown Los Angeles. More information is available by writing to [email protected]"Midheaven", the sophomore full-length CD from THE HUMAN ABSTRACT, was released in August 2008 via Hopeless Records. The CD "follows a full cycle of man while he makes his ascent and discoveries and is eventually brought down by his lust of conquest and greed," said vocalist Nathan Ells. "Basically we wanted to have this album be cohesive all the way through. We came up with themes for each song and then wrote the songs like we were doing a film score and try to capture the mood musically for what each theme represents." Although the initial sessions for "Midheaven" were helmed by veteran producer Toby Wright (METALLICA, SLAYER, ALICE IN CHAINS, SOULFLY, FEAR FACTORY), the CD was completed with a different producer and Wright's name was "wiped off all credits," according to Powell. THE HUMAN ABSTRACT's Hopeless Records debut, "Nocturne", was released in August 2006.