Huntington Beach, California's EIGHTEEN VISIONS have entered a Los Angeles studio with producer Machine (LAMB OF GOD, ROB ZOMBIE) to begin recording their new, self-titled album for a June 2006 release via Epic. The follow-up to 2004's "Obsession" should serve as the next step in what's been "the natural progression of the band," frontman James Hart told MTV.com.
"We've kind of been on the more melodic page for the last few years now," Hart said. "For anybody that knows the band and the last couple of records, or just the last record, they're going to get it. It's not going to be a complete 180 or something out of left field, to where people are going to be like, 'Oh, wow — they did this with their music. I can't believe that.' There's some unpredictable stuff still, and we like to keep people guessing with the songs and keep things fresh."
Regarding what the next album will sound like sound like, Hart said, "Well, picture STONE TEMPLE PILOTS with DEF LEPPARD, maybe. And maybe MARILYN MANSON. One song, 'Truth or Consequence', has an AFI feel to it. But we wrote a song that sounds like it could've been on [DEF LEPPARD's] 'Hysteria'."
"The album's still heavy, and it's still rock, but its more song-y," he said. "With bands like AVENGED SEVENFOLD opening the door for heavier rock, it's a great time for us to step up to the plate and try to hit a home run with this thing. There's nothing like this out there right now."
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