In March 2012, Shadows Fall will release their seventh album, the follow-up to 2009's 'Retribution,' on the band's new label Razor & Tie. The as-yet-untitled disc was produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who also worked on the band's 1998 full-length debut 'Somber Eyes to the Sky,' as well as discs by Unearth, Underoath, All that Remains, The Devil Wears Prada and others.

"The tracking of the album is done," tweeted frontman Brian Fair on Dec. 18. "Waiting on test mixes from different people. Can't wait to get it all finished!"

In an earlier statement, Fair described the album as diverse, forward-thinking and original: "Shadows Fall has always been a band that tried our hardest to not be confined by the restraints of a single sub-genre of metal. We cover a ton of ground on this new album — encompassing everything we have done musically over our career and incorporating new ideas into the mix."

Dutkiewicz, whose history with Fair dates back to the early days of the Massachusetts metalcore scene, played a major role in shaping the songs on the album. In the '90s, Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais played with Dutkiewicz in his band Aftershock and Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D'Antonio was in Fair's former group Overcast.

In his statement, Fair added, "Our influences are an eclectic mix that cover the full spectrum of heavy music and it's always been our goal to combine those ideas into our own unique sound that is constantly evolving. The songs on this forthcoming new record reflect that goal to the fullest."