Swedish metallers AVATAR have entered the studio with producer Sylvia Massy to begin recording the follow-up to 2014's "Hail The Apocalypse" for a 2016 release via Entertainment One Music in the U.S./Canada and Another Century in other parts of the world. The band will split its time between three studios throughout Europe with all of the music being made in the aptly named Castle Studios in Röhrsdorf, Germany. Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland and Spinroad Studios in Lindome, Sweden will also play a part in the process.
"Every band makes a point out of saying they're pushing boundaries, but I see few who keep on challenging themselves the way we do," says AVATAR frontman Johannes Eckerström. "There is no formula, no cheapness, no shortcuts. We are once again embarking on a journey completely new to us."
Massy, who is perhaps best recognized for her work on 1993's "Undertow", the full-length double platinum-selling TOOL debut, and her works with SYSTEM OF A DOWN, says: "AVATAR is an amazing band! The singer has the wild energy and charisma I love, and the players are relentless. The album we’re making is an epic. Each song powerfully stands on its own, but is only a piece of a larger story. This album is the project I've been dreaming about for years!"
AVATAR will hit the road stateside in January with a highlighted performance scheduled aboard the ever popular ShipRocked cruise. The band has also been confirmed to participate in Rock On The Range, Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock and Carolina Rebellion festivals in 2016.
After making more trips to the U.S. than ever before over the last two years, the band is ready to sink their teeth into a new album, Eckerström continues: "AVATAR is growing higher and deeper and I am proud to say we are outdoing ourselves again. If we didn't make sure to feel like this every time, we wouldn't bother at all. I'm very excited, and you should be too."