DIRGE WITHIN Begins Recording Sophomore Album

Chicago's DIRGE WITHIN has inked a deal with Rocket Science Ventures/THC: Music. The band will enter Mercenary Studios in Zion, Illinois on December 5 to record its sophomore full-length album with engineer Scott Creekmore and producer Ari Mihalopoulos for an April 10, 2012 release.

Commented DIRGE WITHIN frontman Jeremy "Jerms" Genske: "Myself and the rest of the guys in DIRGE WITHIN are very excited about this new chapter in the DIRGE WITHIN story, as well as our new partnership with Rocket Science Music. It seemed like a perfect fit, and I can't wait to see what we accomplish together in this new endeavor. It's gonna be a whole new ride. New team, new atmosphere, and a new vibe. Get ready!"

In other news, guitarist Matt Szlachta has left DIRGE WITHIN to continue to focus on his passion for teaching guitar to his students and for other personal reasons. He has since been replaced by Chuck Wepfer.

"There's no bad blood at all, man," says Jeremy. "We're all still good buds and very close. His head and heart just weren't in it anymore, and he wanted to go back to teaching. He really loves it, and that's where he felt he had to be."

DIRGE WITHIN's forthcoming album will be the band's first to feature drummer Frankie Harchut and bassist Jeff Paulick (bassist/vocalist of LAZARUS A.D.), who has been filling on bass duties on tour with DIRGE WITHIN.

"I am very excited about the new songs we've written for this new album, and that people will be able to check out my style of playing a little more," stated Harchut. "We worked our asses off writing these new songs, a lot of long nights, and I'm personally stoked to have our fans hear 'em. I really think they're gonna be into it." Jeremy added, "The songs are heavier, smarter, and more melodic in parts. Some are even a little slower! There were no rules when we were writing at all. No holds barred. Whatever came out, came out. And I think it's gonna make a really good, well-rounded metal album."

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