Britain's STAMPIN' GROUND will enter Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England, in July with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, TESTAMENT, STUCK MOJO, SKINLAB, ARCH ENEMY) to begin recording their fourth album, "A New Darkness Upon Us".
"As far as we're concerned, the material for this next album is really killer, and we need a killer production job to match," explained guitarist Scott Atkins, "We've definitely got the right man for the job. Andy's the best there is for the heavy stuff — he gets incredibly clear, punchy sounds, especially with the drums, and he really knows his metal…we are in very safe hands."
The band, who have been demoing new material with Sneap up until Christmas last year, have been honing and perfecting their songwriting skills in an effort to "successfully [blend] trademark STAMPIN' GROUND thrash riffs with modern rhythms and [develop] chorus-structured arrangements for a whole new take on metalcore," according to the group's official web site.
The follow up to their 2000's "Carved From Empty Words" will feature nine new songs, an instrumental intro and outro, and a re-recording of an older song called "Pain Is Weakness (Leaving the Body)" , originally recorded three years ago on a limited split mini-CD with KNUCKLEDUST.
"We felt this was one of our finest pit songs and we were worried it was lost on the old mini-CD," explained guitarist Antony "Mobs" Mobray. "We wanted the rest of the world to hear it charged up and how Neil, our new drummer, has breathed new life into it."
"A New Darkness Upon Us" is tentatively scheduled for a late fall release through Century Media Records.