I have been spending the last couple of days listening to the magnificent Dirk Verbeuren’s drums for the coming album. To put it mildly, I am blown away – more than I can explain. What this guy is doing with them drums is just bordering on insanity. I have no idea how many times I have rewinded just to check something thinking “he couldn’t possibly have done THAT?!”, just to see that he did exactly that.
Spectacular on all accounts.
Compared to my programmings, quite a few things have changed and been improved by Dirk. As a drummer, he obviously comes up with ideas for them drums that I wouldn’t have thought of since I haven’t exactly been playing drums for the better part of the last 20 years or so. This guy is more than just your average drummer, he is a MUSICIAN (I put that in capitals to really get the point through) to the core.
During the coming weeks there will be a few small changes/touch up’s according to my wishes (I know, I’m picky as all kinds of shit) and then Dirk’s work is muthafucken completed in full. As soon as J’s last song comes in I’m off to start mixing this beast with the great Dan Swanö. We have already started discussing the approach to everything, what kind of sound I am looking for and whatnot, so this will be an amazing journey until we are done. I can’t wait to hear the final result in a few months.
Release date? If all goes according to plan you will naturally have it on December 25th since releasing this storm of blasphemy on that date makes perfect sense. I am not promising anything though coz you never know if shit hits the fan/computer crashes/the universe explodes – but at least this is the plan I always had.
If you wanna hear this album when it’s completed and haven’t already made your donation, all you need to do is click this link and check out the information as for how to order the coming masterpiece.
I know you’re eager to see the cover for this apocalyptic symphony as well as finding out what the actual title is.
That day will come, but not now.
Yesterday marked 666 days since “The Cadaverous Retaliation Agenda” was released, and on the very same day Mr. Verbeuren wrapped up his work for the coming album. What a coincidence, huh? This means that all we have left before we can mix this monster is having Mr. Sandström do the vocals for the last song and then we’re ready to start finalizing everything. To put it mildly, this feels amazing. As I have told you numerous times, the plans were always to release this album in late 2014, and as it looks it will all work out. I, of course, have had a specific release date in mind for quite some time and will reveal it as soon as I see it is doable.
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Stay tuned for more updates as we go along, as always.
By the altar of TPH I hereby announce that Mr. Sandström will destroy the universe once again this evening as he enters A.R.T. Studios with the great Jonas Åhlén to put down his unmatched roars for “DEFY THOSE WORDS OF WHO WAS, WHO IS, AND WHO IS TO COME”, the 4th track of the coming revelation.
Then there’s but 2 more tracks for him to nail before me and Dan Swanö can start mixing this beast (since Dirk’s last drums will come in any week now) and have it released to you loyal Haters who make it come alive thanx to your donations.
The darkness will be magnificent.
Update: Well, J did 2 songs tonight (“Defy” and “INTO THE MOUTH OF BELIAL”, meaning there’s only 1 more left for him to do. According to J, hopefully he’ll wrap up his work this week if all goes well.
Nothing to report, really… so why not use an update where’s there nothing to report or an update where we report things we reported a few days ago, so you know we’re not dead or something? Makes sense.
Dirk told me today that he is working on the 6th and final track as we speak. It’ll take little while longer before I get it, but that’s all fine. We can’t rush the phenomenon that this album is becoming. J still got 3 more songs to do vocals for and hopefully that’ll be taken care of asap.
While everything is now out of my hands until I get the remaining drums and vocals I am actually keeping myself busy with other, excellent, musical endeavors that you might be aware of when the time is right.
That’s it. As soon as I have updates on said drums and vocals you know you’ll find out about it here. Can’t fucken wait to start mixing this monster…
And another step in the cause of completing the coming album is now taken. Mr. Marko Saarelainen has pretty much wrapped up his work for the booklet and everything else image wise for this coming beast in audio form, the very thing that will define everything that TPH is about. In his own words:
“- If someone would want me to describe the current artwork and compare the material I’ve done here to something I’ve done before… well, I’d say this is definitely a mix of the artworks of “In Hora Mortis Nostrae” and “Armageddon March Eternal”. Naturally spiced up with today’s flavour of course. Well, I’ve found my style some time ago and it’s not like it has changed dramatically during these last years anyways.”
On a related note: Mr. Verbeuren’s assured me that his final song will be delivered before September’s over, and I can’t explain how much I look forward to hear what he’s cooking up for the grand finale.
Besides that, J’s still got 4 tracks to do and then we can move on to the mix. Can’t wait for his grunts to complete the tunes.
The plans are still intact to have this album released before the end of 2014. Can’t wait to have you guys devour it and see the beauty and brutality of it all. It sure is something else…