GODSMACK Working With Producer DAVE FORTMAN On Next Album

Away-Team.com recently conducted an interview with GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Away-Team.com: Let's talk about the new album.

Shannon: Man, it's going great! We're shooting to finish it on December 15th, and then looking to release it sometime in March of next year. It's going to be a monster. The drums sound incredible, Sully's [Erna] voice is on fire…it's gonna be much more like the first record; much heavier, with simple, catchy guitar-driven riffs. We're working with Dave Fortman who I was lucky enough to play with in UGLY KID JOE and who has done production for SLIPKNOT and MUDVAYNE, to name a few. He and Sully are co-producing the record and they make a great team.

One of the cool things about this album is that we're recording it one track at a time. What I mean by that is, instead of me just laying down the drum tracks and then the band coming back in and laying down all the guitar, vocals, bass and stuff…we actually do one tune and then complete it before we move on to recording the next one. It's so cool because we get to hear what everything is going to sound like almost immediately and I'm not just laying down my drum tracks and then sitting around for the rest of the time waiting for it all to be done before I get to hear anything finished. It makes it way more exciting to record like this.

Away-Team.com: Any track titles that you're working with that you can let us in on?

Shannon: I don't think it would be too cool to reveal any of that right now since some of them could easily change by the time the record comes out, but I can tell you that it will probably be eleven tracks that get released. We're working with fifteen right now and I think that we'll finish narrowing it down to eleven that will actually make the album. It's pretty cool this time around because we have an instrumental that's about seven minutes long!

Read more from Away-Team.com.

The next GODSMACK album will be the band's first collection of all-new material since 2006's "IV".

After GODSMACK released "Good Times, Bad Times - Ten Years of Godsmack", the band announced that it was going on hiatus. Singer Sully Erna worked on his solo album during this period, while the other three members of the group started a side project called ANOTHER ANIMAL.

Altitude TV recently conducted an interview with Sully Erna and Shannon Larkin. Topics discussed include how they stayed relevant, their upcoming album, and their love for Johnny Drama and the show "Entourage". Watch the four-minute chat below.

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