U.K. death metallers AKERCOCKE have commenced the recoridng sessions for their as-yet-untitled album at their own Goat of Mendes Studios in West London.
Commented frontman Jason Mendonca: "The studio has recently undergone a refit following the recording of the previous album 'Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That go Undone', and is now a fully digital facility. It's been interesting to have to work with the new equipment on this new album. Ideally I would have liked to have completed some demo work at Goat of Mendes first to familiarize myself with the new digital mixing console, but this wasn't possible so it's been a steep learning curve whilst doing the pre-production for the album.
"The drums are 80% recorded and are sounding very powerful. I am particularly pleased about this as even at this early stage I think the source sounds are even better than on 'Words'. David has played some killer performances with one section of blasting topping out at a genuine, accurate 280BPM (he's playing to a click track so we know this for sure).
"I am reluctant to divulge too much about the new material other than to say 2006 was a difficult year for us and I think this has been subconsciously reflected in the vitriolic sound of some of the songs. I can safely say that this will be our most aggressive work to date. I am pleased about this as it means we are beginning the 10th year of our bands history in the way we intend to continue — making extremely dark, violent and challenging music.
"Drum sessions are expected to reach a frightening conclusion by the 29th of January. At that time work on the guitars will begin. I'm really looking forward to recording the guitars this time. We've got some fantastic new amplification from Hughes and Kettner that I reckon will make a significant difference in creating an extraordinarily heavy yet clear sound."
AKERCOCKE will play two “special” intimate shows in March:
Mar. 27 - Water Rats, Kings Cross - London
Mar. 29 - Colchester Arts Centre - Colchester, Essex (w/ HECATE ENTHRONED)