Silverchair's fourth album, "Diorama", will hit Australian and New Zealand shops on Easter Sunday - March 31. Release dates in other countries will be announced shortly.

"Diorama" is Silverchair's first new release in over three years. The disc was recorded in and around Sydney and mixed in Los Angeles in the second half of 2001. It is expected to feature 12 songs including the band's current hit single, "The Greatest View". Also appearing on the album will be the three other new tunes ("Without You", "One Way Mule" and "World Upon Your Shoulders") which the band previewed during their acclaimed appearances on the recent Big Day Out Tour.

The album was produced and mixed by David Bottrill who did the last two Tool albums. It was co-produced by Silverchair's Daniel Johns. According to Johns the album sees the band continuing to explore new territory - both musically and lyrically. This adventurous spirit is evident in their decision to retain legendary Beach Boys collaborator, Van Dyke Parks, to create orchestral parts for three of the new tunes.

According to Daniel Johns, "Diorama" covers a wide range of music and moods. "On previous records it was all pretty dark and black - this time I wanted to use a lot more colours as well", he explains.

The album's title means "a world within a world".