Extreme metal pioneers Converge have just announced that they have hit the studio once again to record their next album. The upcoming release comes off the heels of their 2009 release, 'Axe to Fall,' and their split 7" EP with Dropdead last year.

Converge have long earned the distinction of one of the heaviest and precise bands on the planet. The Salem, Mass., natives cemented their place into extreme music immortality with their 2001 album 'Jane Doe.' The album has received nearly unparalleled praise for its innovation and influence, topping various 'Best Metal Album of the 2000s' lists - coming in at No. 10 on our list.

With this announcement, Converge's upcoming release is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated records of 2012. Converge will continue their tradition of recording the album at Godcity Studio in their home town of Salem. Godcity is owned and run by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, who has masterminded Converge's standout sound for the majority of their career.

The band also is expecting to continue their tradition of releasing their upcoming album in September or October -- a feat they've stuck to for the last 13 years with their previous discs.