Some current notes of interest from the studio this week: 36 Crazyfists – up in Portland writing and laying some tunes down to tape. Currently sussing out the producer situation, the boys from Alaska could be entering the studio as early as May. Deathride – Dez’s new clan is all out in L.A. shacked up in a hotel, readying to record their debut piece of the metal. Drum tracking will start this weekend. Ross Hogarth – who did the latest Coal Chamber album – will be producing and mixing the LP. Dirty Americans – pure rock n’ roll, it is…and their debut recording should be finished come next week… goneblind – Randy Staub will start mixing their first full length effort come Thursday (March 7). Scene of the crime, Vancouver. Ill Nino – the band has been laying down tracks for demos. Should be starting pre-production with producer Bob Marlette next week. Recording of their sophomore effort will take place in illustrious northern New Jersey, home of the Meadowlands (the New York football Giants and Jets). Killswitch Engage – writing right now. Should have a new record come summer, around the time they head out on this year’s US Ozzfest. This will be their first album with vocalist the Howard Jones. Oh, and their live video for “Fixation On The Darkness” – also with the Howard Jones on vocals – is close to completion. Nickelback – recording as we speak…hitting the studio (Greenhouse in Vancouver) here and there to lay down this and that…should have a new Nickelback album complete come first thing in June. Sinch – they are writing…and will be laying down a few new tracks to tape come the end of March. This will happen in Philly…we do hear it is lovely there this time of year.