FACE DOWN, the reunited Swedish outfit featuring former THE HAUNTED singer Marco Aro, entered Fear and Loathing studio (co-owned by MESHUGGAH and CLAWFINGER) in Spånga, Sweden on Monday (July 4) with engineer/producer Jocke Skog (CLAWFINGER) to begin recording their as-yet-untitled new album. "We're gonna record 11 tracks, 10 for the regular CD and one spare track which will go on the other editions of the CD," the band write on their web site. "Some new working titles are 'Time', 'Making God', 'War Hog' and 'Grey'."
Commented drummer Erik Thyselius (CONSTRUCDEAD, TERROR 2000): "The drums sounds awesome and we recorded one track. Joacim [Carlsson, GENERAL SURGERY; guitar) started trying guitar sound and tomorrow we'll continue the recording session."
Added Carlsson: "We did a couple of test takes on 'Heretic', and when Erik left I laid down a couple of temp guitar tracks and a bass track so we could get an impression of the big picture.
"Just by chance, I tried out a baritone guitar that was hanging on the wall in the studio and it sounded really cool, so I'm gonna use it on the album on a few songs. It was a bitch to play though — the low E-string was a 0.68 and I normally use 0.53, The distance between the frets is also something that will take a while to get used to. When I picked up my Ibanez after playing the baritone guitar it felt like I was playing a toy guitar by comparison.
"In conclusion: So far, so good! Tomorrow we'll go for it and nail as many songs as we can get done in 8 or 9 hours."
Check out pictures from the recording session at this location.
FACE DOWN's forthcoming album, which will be released through Sweden's Black Lodge Records, will feature brand new material, as well as reworked versions of previously unreleased old tracks.