Former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo spoke to the "Talk Toomey" podcast about his involvement with California hardcore thrash favorites SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and the reunited classic lineup of the North Jersey horror-punks MISFITS. Asked what it was like playing with the MISFITS at last year's Riot Fest, Dave said (hear audio below): "It was amazing, to say the least. Working with Doyle [Wolfgang Von Frankenstein] and Jerry Only and Glenn [Danzig] was kind of like… How would you say…? It was unreal to see that. You'd never think that those guys would ever work together again, and this music that they recorded back in the early days was, to me, and still is, these classic songs I think that a lot of people haven't heard. So I fell in love with their music. "I really didn't hear any of their music before working with the MISFITS, 'cause I got into punk after they had broken up," Lombardo admitted." And, of course, I always saw the logo and their name. I got into DEAD KENNEDYS, CIRCLE JERKS, SUICIDAL… I got into all those bands first before I got into, let's say, the New York hardcore scene. So it was a real treat. I really enjoyed it. A great bunch of guys, great organization. I hope there's more shows." Lombardo added that he was surprised by the extremely enthusaistic reception the MISFITS got from the audience at the Riot Fest. "I didn't realize that they knew all the lyrics," he said. "Later on, when I was watching some of the YouTube footage, [it was], like, 'Man, these people know this music.' And it was great." He continued: "The songwriting on those early albums — I'll tell you, man — it was really magical. I really love the fact that the songs are very short, to the point — you know, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, out. That's it. Or even chorus, verse, chorus, out. That's it. No more. So it's really cool. I love it." Asked how he landed the MISFITS gig, Lombardo said: "Glenn Danzig gave me a call, and he asked me if I would like to be a part of it. And when Glenn Danzig calls you, you're, like, 'Respect, man. Hell yeah!' So it was a surprise. But Glenn said, 'Dude, you've always been my favorite drummer.' And everybody was the same way, including Jerry Only. He was, like, 'Let's get Lombardo in here.' So I was really lucky and very fortunate to be a part of that historic moment." Although the MISFITS "haven't discussed" playing any more shows in the coming months, according to Lombardo, the drummer is "sure there'll be more. But right now we're just waiting for Glenn to decide when, where and how we're all gonna get there." Dave also talked about what it has been like joining two of the most influential punk band of all time within several months of each other. He said: "Yeah, it was kind of weird, because here's SUICIDAL TENDENCIES… I've always been a punk rock fan. I love punk rock music. It's what inspired SLAYER in the beginning. 'Cause we were just a metal band. I mean, we were covering songs by JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN. It's when Jeff [Hanneman, late SLAYER guitarist] brought all these records to the studio and said, 'Oh, man. You've gotta check this out. Listen to this.' You know, DEAD KENNEDYS' 'In God We Trust, Inc.' was one of those albums that just totally changed my attitude. And, of course, the first SUICIDAL record as well. I went to go see SUICIDAL before SLAYER's first album came out. So that's how far back… SLAYER's album came out in December '83, so more than likely I saw SUICIDAL summer of '83. So I was really into all that music. And then SUICIDAL called me, and then on top of that, then the MISFITS called me. I was, like, 'Man, what's next?' Is there gonna be a British punk band that's gonna be calling me soon?' So I would have the West Coast punk, East Coast punk and then the U.K. punk all covered or something. I don't know if I'd be able to do that — at least at this stage of the game, with as busy as my schedule is." The original MISFITS band broke up in 1983, and bassist Jerry Only brought forth a new version of the MISFITS in 1995. Various members have come and gone, but Only, along with BLACK FLAG's Dez Cadena, has kept some form of the MISFITS in the recording studio and on the road for most of the last two decades. After the original MISFITS disbanded, vocalist Glenn Danzig went on to form SAMHAIN and then the eponymous DANZIG. Several albums of reissued and previously unreleased material were issued after the group's dissolution, and their music became influential to punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative rock music of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Interview (audio):
CHEVELLE has announced a batch of new U.S. headlining tour dates for this spring and summer. A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, March 9 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code "ChevBBM" to access tickets before the general public. The dates are as follows: May 02 - Knoxville, TN The Mill & Mine (buy tickets) May 03 - Chatanooga, TN - Track 29 (buy tickets) May 08 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues (buy tickets) May 12 - Austin, TX - Emo's (buy tickets) May 13 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theater (buy tickets) May 14 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom (buy tickets) May 17 - South Bend, IN - Club Fever (buy tickets) May 21 - Detroit, MI – Fillmore (buy tickets) May 23 - Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore (buy tickets) May 24 - Wallingford, CT - The Dome at Toyota Presents-Oakdale (buy tickets) May 25 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (buy tickets) Jul. 09 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues (buy tickets) Jul. 11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza (buy tickets) Jul. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Filmore (buy tickets) Jul. 15 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues (buy tickets) Jul. 16 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre (buy tickets) Jul. 23 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater (buy tickets) Jul. 25 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant (buy tickets) Jul. 26 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater (buy tickets) Jul. 29 - Papillion, NE - Sumter Amph. (buy tickets) Jul. 30 - Denver, CO - Filmore Aud. (buy tickets) Aug. 01 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre (buy tickets) Aug. 02 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern (buy tickets) Aug. 03 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues (buy tickets) Aug. 06 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre (buy tickets) CHEVELLE's video for the song "Door To Door Cannibals" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "The North Corridor", which came out last July. CHEVELLE frontman Pete Loeffler told Billboard about "The North Corridor": "I had a really good grasp on what I wanted it to sound like. I talked with the guys and said, 'I really want to make a really heavy record this time around, go back to our [2002's] 'Wonder What's Next' roots a little bit. And it's what we like to play live, so it just made sense. Sam [Loeffler, drums] and Dean [Bernardini, bass] love heavy music as well; Sam likes a lot of hardcore, screamo stuff, so he was happy with that. They basically let me go and agreed that heavy was a good way to go." "The North Corridor" was released via Sony Music. The CD was helmed by Joe Barresi, the American record engineer and producer who has previously worked with bands such as KYUSS, MELVINS, TOOL and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. "This record was not easy. This record was tough," Pete Loeffler told Billboard. "I basically didn't know if we were ever gonna finish it. It was almost like I wasn't happy with anything. There were a few songs that I knew were great ideas, and yet I couldn't put them out the way they were, so we actually had a point of crisis in the studio. We had some depressing moments there. I literally left L.A. without ('Last Days') done and I came home and worked on it at my house and added all these new parts and emailed them off to Joe Barresi. I think I was over-complicating the whole thing but I'm happy that it worked out."
Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA and Iggy Pop performing THE STOOGES song "T.V. Eye" Sunday night (March 5) in Mexico City can be seen below. Pop was the opening act for METALLICA at each of the three shows METALLICA played at the Foro Sol venue, where the two acts were seen by a total of nearly two hundred thousand fans. METALLICA welcomed Pop on stage for the final encore, with frontman James Hetfield telling the crowd: "METALLICA has much respect for the man coming out here to sing a song with us, and we're grateful that he's been able to be on this Mexico City tour with us. Please show your sign of respect and love to Mr. Iggy Pop." THE STOOGES singer came onstage for a blistering rendition of the "Fun House" classic, with Pop and Hetfield screaming together on the "Right on!" portion of the bridge before sharing some call-and-response vocals on the third verse.
West Coast metal veterans METAL CHURCH will release "Classic Live" via Rat Pak Records on April 28. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof, this special edition release features nine classic METAL CHURCH songs recorded live on the band's 2016 tour and also includes a special bonus track, a powerful new studio version of "Fake Healer" that features a duet with QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Todd La Torre. The official video for the new version of "Fake Healer" can now be seen below. Comments guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof: "This album not only commemorates the reunion between [singer] Mike [Howe] and the band, but it also pays tribute to some of the more popular songs of that era. It's really cool to see so many old fans and new fans of all ages enjoying these classics as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this". Howe adds: "It’s an honor to be back and it makes me very happy to see that almost 3three decades later, fans are still enjoying these songs!" On the subject of the "Fake Healer" duet with Todd, Howe comments: "The idea came from the owner of our label Rat Pak Records (Joe). It was his idea to record this as a duet with Todd. It's an amazing version and I think fans will be very surprised at how good it sounds!" La Torre says: "Having been a fan of METAL CHURCH since my early teens, never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined that the great Mike Howe would rejoin the band! Getting the opportunity to record a duet to the track 'Fake Healer' was beyond amazing!" "Classic Live" is available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records web site in various bundles including vinyl, signed CDs and t-shirts. "Classic Live" track listing: 01. Beyond The Black 02. Date With Poverty 03. Gods Of A Second Chance 04. In Mourning 05. Watch The Children Pray 06. Start The Fire 07. No Friend Of Mine 08. Badlands 09. Human Factor 10. Fake Healer (bonus studio track) (feat. Todd La Torre) 11. Badlands (2015 studio version) (vinyl version only) METAL CHURCH's latest album, "XI", debuted at No. 57 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 11,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 31, 2016. "XI", was released on March 25, 2016 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier, the band's eleventh studio release marked the return of Howe.
EMP Live last year conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current DIRKSCHNEIDER and U.D.O. vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about his 1987 exit from ACCEPT, Udo said: "I never left ACCEPT. That's a very important point. They fired me. That's a very important thing. It's very interesting to be fired [from] your own band. I was creating ACCEPT, and then, in the end, they said, 'We wanna do more commercial stuff. Blah blah blah' — like this. And then I started U.D.O. And in the meanwhile ACCEPT, for me, is, let's say, far away." Asked what he would say if he was offered a chance to rejoin ACCEPT, Udo said: "No. It's very simple to say 'no.' [Laughs]" Dirkschneider also talked about his replacement, Mark Tornillo, who joined ACCEPT in 2009. Udo said: "He has a good voice. He's singing different. I think he got, let's say… be honest — I think he has problems to sing the old songs. It's no so easy for me. I mean, I know that. I was watching one concert." Asked what it was like to see his old band perform without him, Udo said: "It was funny. I was interested. I mean, of course, I can watch it on YouTube, but, for me, it was interesting to see this. And I was watching a show in Hamburg [in October 2014], but I told nobody; I was just sitting in the back. But the people recognized me. [They were], like, 'What are you doing here?' 'I wanna watch ACCEPT.' But I think he's doing, in a way, a good job. He tries to sing it well. I think they're working now also on a fourth album [with Mark], a new one, and they don't play that much old ACCEPT stuff — just a couple of songs." DIRKSCHNEIDER "Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept" tour, which kicked off last year, sees him playing classic ACCEPT songs for the last time.
KORN has announced plans for a truly diverse and epic summer tour, set to get underway June 16 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and then continue through early August. Presented by Live Nation, "The Serenity Of Summer" tour will feature special guests and fellow Roadrunner recording group STONE SOUR on all dates. The powerfully eclectic tour is rounded out by support from Japan's female-fronted BABYMETAL, southern rapper YELAWOLF and ISLANDER (June 16-25), followed by a second leg (July 19 - August 2) which will see KORN joined by SKILLET, YELAWOLF and DED, creating a versatile bill reminiscent of KORN's famed "Family Values" tours in the past (see itinerary below). Fan club and VIP ticket packages for the upcoming tour will go on sale beginning March 7 at 10:00 a.m. local time at Korn.com; Citi cardmembers presale begins that same day at noon local time. For complete Citi pre-sale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com. Live Nation presale starts on March 8 at 10:00 a.m. local, followed by a Spotify presale beginning March 9 at 10:00 a.m. local and a BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale starting March 9 at 10:00 a.m. local. All presales end March 9 at 10:00 p.m. local timing. Remaining tickets for all dates will go on sale to the general public on March 10 at 10:00 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. For complete details, please visit www.korn.com/tour. "The Serenity Of Summer" 2017 U.S. Tour June 16-25 with STONE SOUR, BABYMETAL, YELAWOLF, ISLANDER July 19 - August 2 with STONE SOUR, SKILLET, YELAWOLF & DED Jun. 16 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre Jun. 18 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater Jun. 20 - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre Jun. 21 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum Jun. 22 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre Jun. 25 - Nampa, ID - Ford Idaho Center Jun. 26 - Pocatello, ID - Portneuf Wellness Complex Amphitheatre* Jul. 19 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheater Jul. 20 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center Jul. 23 - Hartford, CT - XFINITY Theatre Jul. 25 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage Jul. 26 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion Jul. 27 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center Jul. 29 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center Jul. 30 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre Aug. 01 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center Aug. 02 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center * June 26 date on sale March 17 KORN's latest album, "The Serenity Of Suffering", came out at the end of October. The track "A Different World" features a guest appearance from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor. KORN singer Jonathan Davis spoke about getting Taylor to appear on the song. "We were trying to figure out who we wanted to collaborate with, and I'm like, 'You know, that's the one, that's the guy,'" he said. "And I texted him, I'm like, 'Do you want to be on a new KORN track?' He's all, 'Hell yeah! When and where, what do I do?' So he did great on the song. I already did my parts, I'm like, 'Do what you do, man.' And I like the way he did it, the approach: he starts creeping in underneath the song, you can start slowly hearing his voice under mine, and it crescendos up into the middle part where he sings, and then it's just full-on at the end, so the song came out great." Taylor said that he became involved in "A Different World" after receiving "a phone call, like, 'Hey, do you wanna do this?' And I was on the plane the next day. I flew in, and I hadn't even heard the music. I was, like, 'Yeah.' 'Cause as a fan and as a friend, it was just something that we had been talking about for years. And all the stars aligned and I got to do this track. And it is heavy, dude. It is so righteous. People are gonna lose their minds." STONE SOUR has set "Hydrograd" as the title of its new album, due out in June. Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that the new disc is a natural progression from the band's last studio efforts. "All the promise that we showed on the 'House Of Gold And Bones' albums, we are really trying to kind of push even further with this, and it's exciting, man," he said. "Style-wise, it'll feel like it's kind of all over the map, but it'll be very, very unifying when everybody hears it. I'm really excited." Taylor recently told Matt Pinfield about the new disc's musical direction: "It is such a great amalgam of all of these different styles that we just absolutely love. It's got a little bit of the heavy, like we like to do, but it's also way more hard rock — way more rock 'n' roll and hard rock than heavy. I mean, there's even a little bit of punk in there. And there's an energy there that is gonna decimate and blow away a lot of stuff that comes out [this] year. That's how excited I am." The new STONE SOUR album is being recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California. STONE SOUR's last full set of new material was the "House Of Gold And Bones" double album, which was released in two parts in 2012 and 2013. The band also released two EPs of cover songs in the last couple of years, "Meanwhile In Burbank..." and "Straight Out Of Burbank". Taylor returned to the STONE SOUR fold this year after his other band, SLIPKNOT, completed the touring cycle for its 2014 album, ".5: The Gray Chapter".
METALLICA performed its song "Dream No More" live for the first time ever Sunday night (March 5) during the band's concert at Foro Sol in Mexico City in Mexico City. Multi-camera fan-filmed video footage of the track's live debut can be seen below. "Dream No More" is taken from METALLICA's new album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", which debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart last November, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. Both of the band's previous outings, 2008's "Death Magnetic" and 2003's "St. Anger", sold more copies in shortened sales weeks. "Death Magnetic" moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while "St. Anger" shifted 418,000 copies in a similar frame. Nevertheless, the overall fan reaction to the new disc has inspired the band to release its next record sooner. Frontman James Hetfield told Italy's Linea Rock, "At least for now, we've booked out two years (of touring), at least. So I can't predict the future, but… I would like to make some new music sooner than eight years, for sure. (You get) such a pleasure and a joy of hearing your new music and having other people hear it. So we don't wanna wait that long." "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music. The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows. Each ticket purchased for the tour will come with a copy of METALLICA's new album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", available as a physical CD or a digital download. Various VIP packages are up for sale as well. METALLICA has also announced the formation of its All Within My Hands Foundation, which will raise funds through ticket sales to support national, local and Bay Area charities selected by the band members, while continuing to donate to music education programs and local food banks.
The official music video for the STUCK MOJO song "Rape Whistle" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "Here Come The Infidels", which was released last June. The CD was once again produced by Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and ACCEPT, among others. Comments STUCK MOJO guitarist and main songwriter Rich Ward: "As I have previously stated, I haven't been this excited about releasing a music video since STUCK MOJO's 'Open Season' in 2006. It perfectly captures our energy and joy for making music, while simultaneously ensuring that we receive a fatwa". In addition to Ward and longtime drummer Frank Fontsere, "Here Come The Infidels" features STUCK MOJO's latest additions, vocalist Robby J and bassist Len Sonnier. In a 2016 interview with Shut Up & Rock On, Ward stated about Robby J: "It's really cool to work with somebody who had a completely different experience in how they found music. And I think we've really become good partners at this, and I really love him. He's a brilliant guy… He has a really artist type of sense, and artist type of personality where's he's just quiet. He's not concerned about being the center of attention or dictating the conversation and what we should be talking about, but what he does say, he's just super insightful and super smart. And when we're performing and even in the studio, like when I'm recording guitar I sit down, in a chair, and I play. And it's really intense, but it's an internal intensity, right? I'm not like jumping up and down and creating physical energy. When Robby was performing in the studio, he's going crazy! I thought he was going to fight the microphone. He has this chaotic energy about him, and when we're done, he's this quiet, super respectful and super intelligent guy. I love that about him. I've said this before, and I've never met Kurt Cobain but he reminds me of what Kurt Cobain may have been like from all that I've read and seen in interviews with him. He's just wild man on stage and off stage he has this quiet artist personality about him and I really think that energy has brought a lot to the band." Hailing from the Texas-Louisiana border, Len is a veteran bass player, best known for his time spent as the touring bassist in KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick's POUNDHOUND project.
SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan says that the band has "hundreds of ideas" for the follow-up to 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter". That disc was released following a six-year hiatus during which founding SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died and original drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed. SLIPKNOT's touring cycle in support of ".5: The Gray Chapter" ended in November, with singer Corey Taylor returning to his other band STONE SOUR this year. In a brand new interview with Candace of the Q103 radio station in Albany, New York, Crahan stated about SLIPKNOT's current status (hear audio below): "We're writing some new SLIPKNOT music. It's gonna be a long while [before it's released]. We just got off the road. We're gonna take some time. Other people, like Corey, he's doing STONE SOUR, other people are doing other things. Some of us are getting together to jam and write some music for the new album. And we also have a lot of music from the last three years. We took a recording system with us out on the road, and about every other day some good stuff would come. So we have hundreds of ideas floating around that need to be brought together and flushed out and worked through the way we work 'em through, which is jam 'em — we don't rely on computers and garbage like that; we write the music and jam the music. So we've been doing it one way for twenty years, which is tour, take time off, have pressure while you do it. Now, we're gonna still do that, but we decided on the time off, why not make an effort, get together and continue writing. We're really enjoying writing right now. It's been a while since we felt this way. But I'm choosing to take a breath and get some things done that we've never done and enjoy writing with my friends. So that's what we're doing." Crahan said in a 2015 interview that he would love to see the band record a double concept album in the vein of PINK FLOYD's "The Wall" and THE BEATLES' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". ".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores in October 2014 via Roadrunner. Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go in December 2013, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the last album.
Swedish doom metallers AVATARIUM will release their third studio album, "Hurricanes And Halos", on May 26 via Nuclear Blast. The artwork for the disc was once again created by Erik Rovanpera, who previously designed the cover art of the band's debut album, and shows a mystical creature inspired by the epic track "Medusa Child". "To be asked to do the artwork for the new AVATARIUM album was an honor," states Rovanpera. "And without knowing the lyrics to the title song 'Hurricanes And Halos', this is my interpretation of the title. Inspired by art nouveau, comic books and many other things in the current art movement this is my take on the good, the bad, the beauty and the beast. And using a broader color palette than usual and thereby pushing my own borders was great fun to do". "Hurricanes And Halos" track listing: 01. Into The Fire / Into The Storm (4:14) 02. The Starless Sleep (4:47) 03. Road To Jerusalem (5:48) 04. Medusa Child (9:00) 05. The Sky At The Bottom Of The Sea (5:25) 06. When Breath Turns To Air (4:46) 07. A Kiss (From The End Of The World) (7:14) 08. Hurricanes And Halos (3:32) As was the case with the band's first two efforts, AVATARIUM relies on beauty and darkness, heavy guitars and fragile sounds, unique female vocals and the mystic vintage blues sound from the '60s, while still staying on modern ground and trusting into the haunting soul of doom rock. Six out of the eight new tracks were forged by CANDLEMASS wizard Leif Edling, but guitar master Marcus Jidell and Jennie-Ann Smith also contributed to the songwriting and formed a worthy successor to "The Girl With The Raven Mask" — an album that landed the band the "Up And Coming" award from Germany's Metal Hammer magazine. "Hurricanes And Halos" was produced by Jidell himself, while David Castillo (KATATONIA, BLOODBATH, OPETH) recorded and mixed it in the famous Ghost Ward Studios and the mastering was done by Jens Bogren (SOILWORK, SEPULTURA). Together they created an organic and warm sound that sets "Hurricanes And Halos" apart from the overbred, electronically optimized mass. "Recording 'Hurricanes And Halos' has truly been an emotional roller coaster for me and I do think that has contributed to a pure and vibrating energy on the album. I am deeply proud of what we have achieved together," stated Jennie-Ann Smith. Jidell added: "It feels like the two previous albums and the EPs lead us to this one. It's been a natural flow to where we are today, musical- and emotional-wise."