Los Angeles thrashers WARBRINGER entered the studio on April 18 with producer Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SYMPHONY X, SEPULTURA, HATEBREED) to begin recording their third album for a late 2011 release via Century Media Records.
WARBRINGER‘s follow-up to 2009’s “Waking Into Nightmares” will mark the recording debut of the band’s new drummer Carlos Cruz (HEXEN), who has “had a lot of input into the new material,” according to a press release.
The second and third in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for the new album can be viewed below.
“Our goal with this record is to make something beyond a run-of-the-mill metal CD,” guitarist John Laux previously said.
“The most difficult challenge is always finding just the right balance between a raw, aggressive sound and modern production standards. We chose Evetts to produce, aside from his extensive resume, because he aims for very organic and bold sounds. His experience in bringing the best out from a wide variety from musicians across different genres of music can be seen in his credits and this speaks for itself.
“Musically and thematically I feel confident that this will be respected as our most mature offering to date,” Laux continued. “I am really proud of all the elements of extreme metal we have been able to incorporate into the songs. There is weight and purpose behind the lyrics and most importantly we have had time to put a lot of thought and care into the music.”
Carlos made his live debut with WARBRINGER in Mexico City on March 5 at the Eyescream Festival alongside ASESINO, ANVIL, TOXIC HOLOCAUST and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS.
“Waking Into Nightmares”, the sophomore album from WARBRINGER, sold around 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD landed at position No. 14 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.
“Waking Into Nightmares” was released on May 19, 2009 via Century Media Records. The CD was mixed by Zack Ohren (SUFFOCATION, ALL SHALL PERISH) and the cover artwork was created by esteemed artist Dan Seagrave (MORBID ANGEL, ENTOMBED).
WARBRINGER‘s latest album was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California with axeman/producer Gary Holt (EXODUS).