San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL will enter AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida next month to begin recording the follow-up to 2010's "Relentless Retribution" for an October release via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented DEATH ANGEL guitarist Rob Cavestany: "After nearly three years of non-stop touring for 'Relentless Retribution', we are about to enter the studio to record our seventh album! We are playing the final show of the 'Relentless Retribution' tour on March 31 in Holland, fly home for a few days of final pre-production rehearsals in Oakland, then begin tracking in Florida on April 8.
"'Relentless' turned out the way we wanted, so we we're taking it to the next level with the same team. The new album will be done at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof and I producing. We had a blast doing the last record there and now we know each other better and how well we work together... plus the album cover art is being done by Brent Elliot White who did 'Relentless Retribution'. Let's just say we have a good feeling about this one.
"It was our idea all along to go directly into the studio following the end of this tour, without taking time off. We always take a break after an album's touring cycle ends. You basically have to after spending so much time on the road, traveling and performing constantly. But not this time! This tour is the longest one we've ever done and that live energy is in our new songs! The glory and the heartache, it's all there.
"That said, all the music has been written — much of it on tour buses during the past couple of years, the rest of it in the studio over the past few months. This is some of the heaviest, fastest, most powerful material we've ever created! There's something really dark in it too... music is and always will be our outlet to vent and release the built up pressure that life deals. In the world today we need it more than ever!!!
"Currently the new record is slated for release in October 2013. Of course, a massive tour will follow! It's our mission to deliver; we ain't fuckin’ around!
"Thank you all for your support! Big hug!"
"Relentless Retribution" sold 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 10 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The band's previous album, "Killing Season", opened with around 2,300 units back in March 2008. This number was in line with the performance of its predecessor, "The Art of Dying", which registered a first-week sales tally of around 2,100 back in May 2004.
"Relentless Retribution" was released in the U.S. on September 14, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). The cover artwork was created by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY, CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL).