All the songs have been written by M. Åkerfeldt apart from "Porcelain Heart" which was co-written with Fredrik Åkesson. One additonal track, "Derelict Herds" has also been recorded and this was written by Mikael Åkerfeldt and Per Wiberg. On top of this, 3 cover songs has been recorded. "Bridge of sighs" from Robin Trower´s 1974 Lp with the same title, "Den ständiga resan" (sung in Swedish) by Marie Fredriksson as well as the classic Alice in Chains song, "Would?".
The album was recorded at Fascination street studios during November 1 and December 13. Some addtional recordings were done between January 3rd and 7th. Produced by Jens Bogren and Mikael Åkerfeldt and Opeth.
Says Mikael Åkerfeldt: "I've worked so hard with these songs for quite some time now, I´ve listened to 'em a zillion times. I don't hate them just yet! The album sounds great sonically and I think I can hear us evolving as the record plays on. It is taking us somewhere musically and I don't know where. It's very exciting to say the least! I can't remember having enjoyed a recording this much ever before."
The cover was (as usual) designed by Travis Smith in co-operation with Åkerfeldt.
The release date has been confirmed by RoadRunner Records as 2nd June 2008.
The band have also announced the following appearances:
Jun. 21 - Field of Rock - Biddinghuizen - Holland
Jun. 22 - Hellfest - Clisson - France
Jun. 26 - Peace and Love - Borlange - Sweden
Jun. 27 - Metaltown - Gothenburg - Sweden
Jun. 29 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel - Belgium
Jul. 05 - Ruisrock - Turku - Finland
Jul. 09 - Rockwave - Athens - Greece
Jul. 12 - Evolution Festival - Milan - Italy
Aug. 01 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
Aug. 03 - Ankkarock – Helsinki, Finland
Aug. 15 - Bloodstock Open Air - Catton Hall Derby - UK