On May 15, the following was shared: "Hi everyone, Rich from Aeon Zen here with an update from the studio about the new album.
"I have finished recording all the guitars, bass, drums and keyboards myself and right now I'm working on instrumental mixes of the album which I can then lay the vocals on and mix them into. I have to say, I'm extremely pleased so far, these songs are sounding like everything I had hoped for and then some! From the laid back parts, to the proggy crazy parts, to the headbanging parts, it's all sounding great!
"I've managed to get some pretty crushing guitar tones for the heavy parts and some really nice and pretty tones for cleans through the Line 6 POD XT and Peavy Revalver as well. For the guitars on this album I've actually used a mixture of the Ibanez Universe (as featured on the last Aeon Zen album A Mind's Portrait) and my lovely new Caparison Dellinger 7 SE. The bass is actually DI'd into IK Multimedia's fantastic Ampeg SVX amp simulator plugin, so that's sounding great too, lots of low end while still retaining all the clarity, just like you would expect from any Ampeg amp. The drums are sounding as good and powerful as ever through the Roland TD-20KX, the dynamics on that kit are outstanding!
"I actually now have all the vocal tracks back from the singers to go on the album, Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), Jem Godfrey (Frost*), Andi Kravljaca (Silent Call), Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard), Jonny Tatum (Eumeria) have all contributed their amazing voices to this album, as well as the tracks that I'm singing myself. So once I've done these instrumental mixes and got everything sounding nice and consistent there, I will get to work on making these vocals as awesome as they can possibly be.
"So everything is starting to take a very definite shape. I'm very excited and I can't wait for you all to hear this!
"I hope to start putting up some 'making-of the album' videos on youtube soon, so be sure to keep your eyes open for them.
"Also, there is a brand new Aeon Zen track, entitled 'Visions' (with Andi Kravljaca on vocals) off the new album The Face Of The Unknown, being featured on the cover CD of the upcoming issue of Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine (Prog 8), so be sure to pick up a copy for the first chance to hear this new, never before heard track.
"In the mean time, take a listen to this album preview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3A9mBECjqA
"So it's back to work now for me... Rock on and I'll talk to you all again very soon!"
[Source: Aeon Zen]