If you're reading this, you've also might seen this certain bad photoshop of the Finntroll logo in a Sonic Pump Studio computer monitor which I posted on Twitter earlier.
The intention was that you added one plus one and realized that it's a hint that Finntroll would be recording a new album in the same studio we've recorded our previous three albums. Retrospectively, I think I could had been a bit less mysterious, because many people seemed to think it was about that "wallpaper" of the computer screen.
However, I still felt a bit disappointed because I couldn't tell anyone straight away that we've finally booked that studio and people didn't seem to get the hint. We were discussing that there will be an official statement (thus me not announcing anything with a bang), but in the true Finntroll fashion nothing happened. Hell, in the True Finntroll Fashion (™) half of the band didn't even comment anything to the booking of the studio!
So, as no-one else seemingly wants to shout it out, here's your official statement: I've booked a studio for us next March. Don't ask me when the album will be out- that's Century Media's business to figure out. But I guess they are as eager to release it as you are to hear it.
When booking studio time, it's a vicious circle. First you need to have some material to be confident that you can actually book that studio. But with this band if there's no schedule, there will be lazy, uninspiring, compromised shitty cavalcade of riffs and melodies so boring you could write a new song about their exceptional blandess. Which would still be a boring and uninspired song. And when you realize most of the new material (a.k.a that one song which is somehow considered as a full song and a bunch of half-made ones) sucks, you don't even want to book that studio. Back to square one.
So for Finntroll, pressure is good. Pressure is inspiring. Nattfödd, for example, was written in a frenzied haze because we had finally booked that studio and lacked about 80% of the material. Ur Jordens Djup on the other hand, was done without looming deadlines. Conventionality breeds laziness. Laziness breeds polished and safe choices. Safe choices breeds boring albums. Get my point? Not that I don't like Ur Jordens Djup by the way, I just feel it's too boring and lacks all the fun.
For some weird reason I went through our earlier studio days from the blog from the beginning of the composing to the end of the recordings, and that didn't exactly encourage me to carry on with this album recording. In fact, I thought about leaving the band for a split second in order to avoid that happening again. But reading it retrospectively, I now found many mistakes which could had been completely avoided if I had taken a bit different approach and attitude on things. That being said, it may mark the return of a certain era of Finntroll where things were a bit less about inclusivity and more about getting things done. Or it may mark the end of Finntroll as we know it. :D
Whatever happens, prepare for a Trollstorm coming soon to a church near you!