Baltimore, Maryland's MISERY INDEX entered Wright Way Studios (DYING FETUS, SLIPKNOT, MOS DEF) on January 2 with engineer Steve Wright to begin recording its new album, tentatively titled "Heirs To Thievery", for a May release via Relapse Records.
Regarding the recording process, MISERY INDEX drummer Adam Jarvis told SickDrummerMagazine.com, "As always, we started with drums first. This time around recording at home allowed me to use some different drums and make to sure I had the best drums for the sound we were going for... HUGE!!! I had help from a good friend of mine; drum tech, Jon-John Michaud from the band SWARM OF THE LOTUS, and having him involved helped getting the process of finding the right drum sounds fly by, and I tracked threesongs the first day."
On the drums used on "Heirs To Thievery":
"The toms I used on the record are from another buddy of mine, Keith Larson at The Baltimore Drum Company. Sizes used 10",12" and 16" solid Maple shells, with clear Emperor Heads. I used my Ddrum Dominion maple kicks 20"x20" and a hand-hammered brass Worldmax snare 6.5"x14", which is the best-sounding snare I have ever used in the studio. We tried out a couple different snare drums and the Worldmax with an Emperor X head had the crack we were looking for! The cymbals I used on the recording were mostly Meinl cymbals, which I have an endorsement with.
"A lot of times when you get in the studio everything sounds totally different once you hear it recorded... Especially the cymbals. Since I'm a pretty heavy cymbal hitter, they are the most important part of the record (next to the snare, of course)."
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"Heirs To Thievery" tentative track listing:
01. Embracing Extinction
02. Fed To The Wolves
03. The Carrion Call
04. Heirs To Thievery
06. The Seventh Cavalry
08. Plague Of Objects
09. You Lose
10. Sleeping Giants
The band will also record a bonus song for the Japanese edition of the album.
MISERY INDEX's Jason Netherton previously stated about the upcoming CD, "The thread that binds several songs lyrically surrounds ideas of hidden history, how we interpret our nation, and our idea of who we are culturally and collectively, as it is generally handed down to us in terms of icons, wars, struggles and triumph."
MISERY INDEX will embark on a tour of Australia and New Zealand this spring. The trek will kick off in early April and will also include DECAPITATED, PSYCROPTIC, and ORIGIN.