The band are recording in London with nu-metal producer Ross Robinson...

THE CURE have started recording their ‘heavier’ twelfth studio album in LONDON, which they aim to release next summer.

The band have written and demoed twenty seven songs for the LP, which also sees them teaming up with producer Ross Robinson – best known for his collaborations with nu-metal bands Korn, Limp Bizkit and Slipknot.

Singer Robert Smith said: “We are trying to get a heavier sound than we’ve been associated with in the past. We convinced (Robinson) that the doom and gloom of London is more conducive to making our music than sunny California.”

He added: “The heavier sound we’re going for is more to do with the tempos and dynamics and the space were leaving. The more space you leave, the heavier you get. It’s actually the antithesis of the new-metal assault, which is all about piling things on. It’s going back to the ’Faith’ period, but making the sounds themselves a lot heavier and more savage.”

According to Rolling Stone, Smith revealed that he wanted to work with Robinson after hearing his work on albums by At The Drive-In and Vex Red.

Smith said: “The reason I’ve developed a relationship with Ross has to do with his love of music and his love for The Cure,” Smith says. “Some of the stuff he’s worked on I don’t like, but some is genius sonically.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, The Cure knocked out the hits at a tiny ‘club’ show in London at the beginning of the month (December 11).

The band headlined a gig at the Islington Carling Academy in aid of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, an organisation who work with children and adults with debilitating conditions.

Coming on stage at 10.30pm, the group played for an hour-and-a-half, and their set included the classics ’Just Like Heaven’, ‘Pictures Of You’, ’Inbetween Days’, ’Boys Don’t Cry’, ‘A Forest’ and a rare live outing for ’The Love Cats’.

The Cure aim to finish work on their new album in February, and following its release in mid-2004, the band hope to tour the US.