U.K. black metallers PRIMITIVE GRAVEN IMAGE have completed work on their third album with producer Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR). The as-yet-untitled CD will be released before the summer through Voiceprint Records' Envenomation imprint.
Commented the band: "Following the now-tried-and-tested formula that we used on 2010's 'Celebrating Impending Chaos', once again we've recorded the instruments ourselves at Metal Farm Studios in Buckinghamshire, where we've had the benefit of being able to take our time over the last two months, and then taken the finished recordings to Parlour Sound for Russ to do all the mixing and get the best out of our sound.
"Having been through the process before we knew what to expect this time, we were better prepared and are extremely pleased with the results. This time we've got the guitars sounding much bigger, the overall mix is far more cohesive yet not over-produced.
"We're really pleased that we've taken a step up again, and that we've not augmented the natural sound with much in the way of extras — although the sound is big we've not relied on studio trickery or orchestration — it's nice and organic sounding and brutal as hell, which is exactly what we wanted.
"Musically, our black metal influence is ever-present, but again we've explored a few of our other influences — there are some very death metal influenced sections and our love of older '70s progressive music is very much present again with a few more explorations in Moog synthesisers that began to creep in on our last album. There are also a few longer more progressive sections in place of the four-minute tracks that a lot of '..Chaos' comprised of.
"We're now getting the artwork together and are looking forward to taking this out on the road later in the year. We also have a home town show at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham on March 24th and we've invited new band VOICES (who include AKERCOCKE members David Gray and Pete Benjamin) along for a black metal double bill with a number of local supports and DJs, so the first airing of at least a couple of new tracks will be happening there."