United Rock Nations conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton at this year's Hellfest on June 16 in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked about QUEENSRŸCHE's planned follow-up to 2015's "Condition Hüman" album, Wilton said: "We've been writing for this. We have probably about twenty demos that are all in different stages of existence. So I know when we get back after this European tour, I don't think we have any shows in July, so we're gonna get together and try to get all the songs together and get them to the producer. And then do the whole process with pre-production."
Regarding the musical direction of the new QUEENSRŸCHE material, Wilton said: "It's hard to say. The songs that I've written so far for it, I think they have a little more energy, a little more spunk to them. But, you know, it's gonna be a good hard rock record. It's not gonna be too ethereal — although you never know. [Laughs] We have a couple of songs that are way out there — very experimental, very, dare I say, progressive. So we challenge ourselves."
The upcoming disc will be QUEENSRŸCHE's third to feature former CRIMSON GLORY frontman Todd La Torre who joined the group in 2012.
"Having Todd in the band now five years, he's gelled and everything is coming together," Michael said. "So we feel really confident this is gonna be a really fun, killer album."
Wilton also spoke about QUEENSRŸCHE's decision to re-team with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris on the upcoming album. Harris helmed "Condition Hüman" and has previously worked with ROB ZOMBIE, HATEBREED and SANCTUARY, among many others.
"It's a good working relationship," the guitarist said. "We've only used him once, so we haven't gotten to that point where we're burnt out on each other. And he's available — that's a big thing. And we trust his judgment — he knows us, he knows our personalities. So, in a sense, it's almost like a continuation. We can hardly wait to get working with him again."
QUEENSRŸCHE's new LP will be released in early 2018 via Century Media.