Ferret Music has reportedly set an April 28, 2009 North American release date for the new album from Cleveland, Ohio's CHIMAIRA. The follow-up to 2007's "Resurrection" will be recorded with producer Ben Schigel, who has previously worked with the band on the "This Present Darkness" (producer, engineer, mixer); "The Impossibility Of Reason" (producer, engineer); self-titled (producer, engineer); and "Resurrection" (drum tracking) albums. The group will enter Ante Up Audio in Cleveland on October 21 to begin laying down drums for the new CD. CHIMAIRA says, "This is the third time we will be using this studio for our drums. We first came here in 2005 when we tracked the self-titled record. We loved it so much that we made sure we came back at the end of 2006 for 'Resurrection'. We are anxious to return." Mixing duties will be handled by Chris "Zeuss" Harris.
CHIMAIRA is looking for label to release the new albim in territories outside North America (the band is no longer signed to Nuclear Blast, which released "Resurrection" in Europe).
Commented CHIMAIRA: "One of the cool things about being in a band is that you get the opportunity to work with people you admire and respect for many reasons, including the records they have helped shape. We had the chance to work with Colin Richardson and Andy Sneap on our other records. Now we are going to let our longtime friend Zeuss handle the mixing duties.
"Working with Zeuss on this album will bring a completely different vibe and we feel it will wind up being the heaviest-sounding CHIMAIRA record to date. We are not being cliché and saying, 'This is our heaviest album ever!!!!' but in terms of tones and power, we feel this guy is going to make the new record sound like an axe just hit you in the mouth.
"Zeuss has worked with a lot of our friends and is responsible for some of the most brutal-sounding records out there. We are pumped."