Montreal-based band SOULFORGE are currently recording their second album with producer Jean-François Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX). The as-yet-untitled CD will be mixed in February by Fred Maloney. Pictures and videos of the recording sessions can be found at www.thedarkesthours.com.
Commented guitarist/vocalist Michel Bernatchez: "It's going very great! In three long days, the guitar and bass tracks have been completed. We are very satisfied of the results. We worked really hard on the pre-production to be ready for the studio session and it pays!!! It went so quickly but I can't tell you how much because I was working the whole time except when Rick (our bassist) taped his parts. This is almost a Guiness record to have 13 tight songs in a box in three days (guitar + bass)!!!"
With regards to the new material, Bernatchez said, "The songs are more accessible than our first album. There's more 'clean' vocals and less technical guitar demonstrations. It's more catchy, loud, simple, with the SOULFORGE attitude. For me, I was just tired to scream all the time. I wanted to try and explore my vocal cords! So, I'm gonna use it in this album for sure. Our music is more melodic metal than melodic death metal. The sound, I think, is more European than American, but have both of them. We added, for this album, a bunch of keyboards and samplers to increase the intensity of our music and I think that's gonna sound unique."
SOULFORGE, whose debut album, 2002's "Duality", was released through Great White North Records, are currently seeking a new label home.