Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER recently returned to the studio to resume recording its new album, tentatively due next year via an as-yet-undisclosed label. The group's guitarist, Sander Gommans, has posted the following update on the band's official forum:
"Well, the recordings are almost finished (I'll be in the studio for about one week more).
"This weekend we visited Prague to do something very special. More about that later!
"About the new label(s): As you already might know we signed a deal with a Dutch company called The Entertainment Group, wich will make AFTER FOREVER an even more independant band with more financial means to accomplish our goals. They've made a lot of really cool things possible so far. You'll be aware of that when you listen to the album. There are also some rumors about a definite deal with Nuclear Blast. The upcoming week I'll tell you exactly what's going to happen."
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.