Massachusetts metalcore pioneers Shadows Fall are nearly finished with the follow-up to their 2009 album 'Retribution.'

"[We're] heading the studio for FINAL day of tracking," tweeted vocalist Brian Fair on Nov. 29. "Can't wait to get some mixes going."

The new, as-yet-untitled album is being produced by scene leader and Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who played with Shadows Fall guitarist Jonathan Donais in the Springfield, Mass., band Aftershock from 1993 to 1996.

The Shadows Fall album is tentatively scheduled for release in April and will be the band's first of a multi-album deal with their new label Razor & Tie. Signing with a new label and working with an old friend has injected new life into influential group.

"We haven’t had this type of fire underneath us to make a record in a long time,” drummer Jason Bittner said. “I feel that with our new partnerships in place, as well as bringing Adam D. on board to produce, together, we’ve brought a renewed life to the band which will result in the best Shadows Fall record to date.”

Earlier this fall, Shadows Fall invited fans to be flies on the wall at Livestream events that took place during writing and rehearsal sessions Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Nov. 5.

According to Fair, the band's eighth album will be eclectic, cutting-edge and heavy. "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," he said. "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.”