This might be a little early,but what the fuck who cares? It seems as if that time has arrived once more. The boys have been on the road,pretty much since Blooddrunks release. The touring is now done,and Henkka ending his latest tour diary with "Concentrating on writing". So my thoughts instantly were adrift with excitement and mystery. There are dozens of questions to be answered and dozens of pieces of info to obtain. But the fact is,its that time again. A new album is on the way and i'm fucking estatic. That being said,its onward to the speculation and prediction period that will remain throughout the writing and recording process. As far as the time period for the release,i forsee a mid 2010 date if they plan on returing to the 2 year album cycle they used before Blooddrunk. If there plan is to reherse for a couple months,hit the road for a while and then focus once more and take a longer period of time to write,(as they did with Blooddrunk). Then an early 2011 release sounds accurate. As far as the sound goes,well i'm not sure what to expect. This is going to be there 7th album. There 3rd with Roope,and Blooddrunk is going to be a hard follow up. AYDY was a let down for sure,but it opened a big door for improvement and progression. BD was astonishing. I was an improvement in every possible way. The speed and melody was heightend,and COB even managed to use tasteful progressive metal elements into the blend. Roope was given more room in the mix,and that was extremly refreshing and awesome. Especially in the solo aspect. The keys were in the forefront alot more than on AYDY,and some key solos(in regards to speed) were reminiscent of the Hatebreeder,Follow the Reaper days. Those points being adressed,i dont really have a prediction as too what the album might be like. As it is far to early to tell. Everyone will likely want a return to roots vibe,and i would love that. But being realistic is the best way to prepare for a new album,especially when the band is one of your favorites. Its hard to tell if the guys even want to go back. COB will likely continue to evolve. Perhaps incorporating more progressive song structures,and more intricate solos. But only time will tell. I couldn't resist the oppurtunity to jump on the idea of a new album thread. And i have been inactive for quite sometime now. Please share your thoughts. And please keep this thread serious.