TAPROOT's 'Plead The Fifth' Pushed Back To May

The release date of "Plead The Fifth", the new album from the Michigan-based hard rock quartet TAPROOT, has been pushed back to May 11 from the previously announced April 13 (via Victory Records). The CD was recorded on farm in Sullivan, Michigan with producer Tim Patalan (SPONGE, LOVEDRUG).

TAPROOT guitarist Mike DeWolf recently told AOL's Noisecreep that "Plead The Fifth" will sound closer to the band's 2000 debut, "Gift", than 2008's "Our Long Road Home",, which was progressive in nature. "We're definitely making it as heavy as possible and aggressive while still keeping a lot of the beautiful melodies and just the general beauty of things in it," he said of the forthcoming disc. "We're using a lot more of our baritone guitars, which was sort of the signature of the 'Gift' and 'Welcome' [2002] years, so that immediately makes things a lot heavier."

Regarding TAPROOT's last couple of albums, which tried to evolve away from heavy for the sake of being heavy, DeWolf said, "I think it threw a lot of fans for a loop. But at the time, we were willing to lose some people to gain some more. In general, I guess ... I don't know. But we're definitely getting back to it. I think a lot of people appreciated the progressive nature of what we were trying to do but at the same time, a lot of people are just fucking meatheads and only want heaviness. I guess some bands are pretty good at sticking to one thing and working that their entire career. Say ... AC/DC. But that wasn't us."

TAPROOT's last CD, "Our Long Road Home", sold around 7,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 65. The follow-up to 2005's "Blue-Sky Research" was released through Velvet Hammer, the label founded by the management company of the same name (SYSTEM OF A DOWN, DEFTONES).


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