JON OLIVA'S PAIN drummer Christopher Kinder has issued the following update:
"Fifteen songs have been completed [for the new JON OLIVA'S PAIN album] and are now in their rehearsal format for Kevin [Rothney; bass] and I to begin our final preparations before hitting Audio Lab [studios] in September. He and I will take a week apart to solidify our own ideas before spending a few final days exchanging ideas and nailing the rhythm section to the floor!
"Kevin and I have been writing, recording and performing together for more than 13 years. We know how to get it done in the least possible time, but unlike the last record (without all the stupid band turmoil), we will be very well prepared and the bulk of our ideas written in stone. Of course, anything can and will happen once we hit the studio and you can expect a good 20% of our ideas to be spontaneous. We always raise a few eyebrows at each other after some tracks are finished. 'Hey, where the f*ck did you come up with that?' 'I don't know, it was actually a mistake... cool!'
"[Jon] Oliva and company have spent tireless hours recording, arranging, re-arranging, and more re-arranging. At some point you just have to say 'enough' and feel confident that the building blocks are firmly in place… and boy, are they in place! There is so much diversity and texture going into these songs. Some of the material will surprise your senses and some will just make you smile knowing that Oliva's trademark stamp is still alive and well. There are some very heavy songs, and some bombastic epics... just what you would expect from an Oliva/JON OLIVA'S PAIN record.
"Now that we have arrived at the start of [JON OLIVA'S PAIN album No. 3], and the machine is now four years old... it runs like clockwork! This recording is going to the most fun and challenging yet!
"The title of the CD and artwork concept are complete. AFM [Records] has approved all of our ideas with great enthusiasm.
"The schedule of events for the next 4-6 weeks will be rehearsal, drum and bass tracks recorded, and then back to rehearsal for the Bourbon Street show, Oliva's solo gig at the ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, and our headling appearance at ProgPower Europe on Sunday, October 7. From there it is all JON OLIVA'S PAIN album No. 3 until we turn in the final master to AFM by the end of November. Tentative release date is set for February 28th in Europe. A U.S. date has yet to be determined.
"Hope you are pumped up for the next installment of JON OLIVA'S PAIN! We are pulling out all the stops on this one and we certainly have some crazy ideas in mind. We are going to wake up your senses, your ears and make you think!"