According to their June 1st blog entry, Swedish extreme metallers Dark Funeral – one of that nation’s biggest names from the so-called “second wave” of black metal – have finally set a date for recording their fifth studio album, the follow-up to their 2005 epic Attera Totus Sanctus. Lead guitarist Lord Ahriman revealed that the band would be entering the studio next month to lay down the first tracks for their still-untitled forthcoming release. More details below the fold!
According to Ahriman, the overtly satanic, traditionally corpse-painted crew from Stockholm has written and recorded seven demos for the new album, with an eighth nearly complete and tons of additional material looking for a home. The band has set the studio date of July 10th – following their performance at Sweden’s Rockweekend Festival – and will join forces with producer Peter Tägtgren at Abyss Studios.
“The new album will definitely be our most varied album thus far,” Ahriman explained, “perhaps a little bit toned down compared to its precursor, but still carry on with the same spirit and strength as always.” He also reveals that some of the new songs, though still heavy as always, are less reliant on manic blastbeats. “Some of the material will probably come as a surprise,” he writes, “as it's not all typical Dark Funeral style… which I personally find very inspiring.”
The band also promised to provide regular studio updates at their MySpace once tracking gets underway, and this may also include videos of the work in progress.