Danish thrashers ESSENCE will enter Abyss studios in Pärlby, outside Ludvika, Sweden on February 13, 2012 with producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) to begin recording their sophomore album. The CD will be mastered at Black Lounge Studio by SCAR SYMMETRY guitarist Jonas Kjellgren.
Commented ESSENCE: "We feel incredibly honored and grateful that Peter will produce our next album. He has influenced European metal in a way rarely seen through his work as producer and especially through his music in PAIN and HYPOCRISY. We believe that he has made some of the best metal and best productions the metal community has heard, and therefore we are very glad that he wants to work with us."
The band continued, "With the recordings in 2012 we will start a new, challenging and different chapter in ESSENCE's musical universe.
"It is important to us that our music is evolving and changing in a healthy way. Music should grow with the band and evolve alongside with the natural development which the band members go through. To accommodate this development, and in relation to our future plans in the longer term, Peter and his abilities the perfect choice for us. "
"Blood Culture", the latest video from ESSENCE, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's debut album, "Lost In Violence", which was released on February 25 via Belgium's Ultimhate Records. The CD was recorded at Medley Studios (ARTILLERY, PRINCE, RADIOHEAD, MARY J. BLIGE, KELLY CLARKSON, THE CARDIGANS) in Copenhagen and was produced and mixed by Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Dave Mustaine, Mike Tramp). The mastering duties were handled by Nikolaj Vinten at Vinten Mastering (COLDPLAY, D-A-D, DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY). The cover artwork was created by Justin Osbourn from Slash Design (ABORTED, SUICIDE SILENCE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, MAROON, SKELETONWITCH) and can be viewed below.
ESSENCE can be experienced live in March and early April when the band will participate in 3rd Tsunami Agency's "The New Era Tour", featuring ESSENCE and two other Danish acts performing all across Denmark.