December 5, 2003

New Bedford, Massachusetts-based sextet BEYOND THE EMBRACE have set "Insect Song" as the title for their sophomore album, tentatively due in the spring through Metal Blade Records.

The follow-up to 2002's "Against The Elements" will be recorded during late December/early January with producer/UNEARTH guitarist Ken Susi. "Being a guitar player himself, we feel that if any producer could get us the right guitar tones in the studio for this next record it would be [Ken]," said BEYOND THE EMBRACE guitarist Oscar Gouveia.

"BEYOND THE EMBRACE are from Massachusetts so it's a real honor not only to be recording a fellow Metal Blade artist, but also a band that's from my area," Susi commened in a statement. "I am hoping to get some great tones out of the guys and looking to pave the way for their first real release. I really want to set precedence not only for BEYOND THE EMBRACE and this album, but also to establish myself as a producer. I want to make sure that everything for this album is perfect. This is a great opportunity for me. I am looking forward to working with them."

With regards to the upcoming CD, BEYOND THE EMBRACE singer/keyboardist Shawn Gallagher said, "I'm really looking forward to hearing what our next CD is going to sound like. Our new songs are much more involved musically than most of our songs in the past. I believe we've evolved musically, some of our new songs are heavier than usual and some are more rockin' than usual. It's definitely going to be a very diverse album for us, and for Ken Susi as a producer. I feel that our three guitarists (Oscar, Jeff, & Alex) need to be heard individually among a tight mix and I'm confident that Ken will get the best mix and the best takes out of them as well as out of myself during the vocal tracking. I'm confident that the next BEYOND THE EMBRACE CD will sound huge and hit a lot of people harder than our debut CD 'Against the Elements'."

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