Swedish black metallers MARDUK have begun recording their new album at Endarker studio for a tentative April 2007 release. "The basic material for 13 songs has been recorded," reads a posting on the group's web site. "The band will be entering the studio again in the very begining of January to continue the recording. Album title and front cover will be [announced] soon."
The upcoming CD will be MARDUK's final effort to feature drummer Emil Dragutinovic. A source close to Emil told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the drummer officially quit the group on November 1 but has agreed to perform on the new album as a session musician.
Dragutinovic is currently working with former MARDUK vocalist Legion (a.k.a. Erik Hagsted) on his ELIZIUM project (formerly REBELANGELS).
In other news, MARDUK has scheduled three Mexican dates in early February. The details are as follows:
Feb. 09 - Leon, MEX @ Madeiras
Feb. 10 - Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador
Feb. 11 - San Luis Potosi, MEX @ Huerta Del Stic
MARDUK recently uploaded a trailer for its new DVD, entitled "Blood Puke Salvation", at this location (8 MB). Released on September 25, the DVD contains over 90 minutes of live material filmed in Tilburg, Holland and Antwerpen, Belgium during December 2004. Also included are promotional videos for "Throne Of Rats", "Steel Inferno" and "The Hangman Of Prague", plus a photo gallery, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and a section entitled "Deathmarch" with exclusive hand-filmed live material from over 20 cities from the "Deathmarch" tour.