Doom metal legends are in the "early stages of pre-production" for the follow-up to the band's 2013 album "The Distortion Field". Singer Kyle Thomas, who joined TROUBLE in 2012, told "The Metal Magdalene With Jet" (hear audio below): "This time they've actually written songs with me in mind as the singer instead of, 'These songs were written when Kory Clarke was in the band, but that didn't work out, so let's give it to Kyle and have him back-cleanup, I guess.'
"They've got a handful of songs that I haven't gotten ahold of yet, but I've tracked maybe four or five early stages of a song that they've sent to me here and there," he continued. "Yeah, about four or five songs that I've done pre-production on so far, and they've got that many more, at least, that I haven't worked on, maybe even more."
According to Thomas, there is no set timeline for the release of the next TROUBLE album. "Nothing happens quickly with TROUBLE," he explained. "It's been that way for a long time. But at this point, we're really not looking to hurry to get something out as much as, 'Let's make it right and make it a great album.' We waited this long. I would hate to hurry up and just slap something together just because we haven't had an album come out in a couple of years."
TROUBLE's first studio album in six years, "The Distortion Field", landed at position No. 25 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. Released in Europe on August 23, 2013 via FRW Records, the 12-song follow-up to 2007's "Simple Mind Condition" was helmed by veteran producer Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, W.A.S.P., ARMORED SAINT, DARK ANGEL, SACRED REICH, CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER, D.R.I.) and marked the recording debut with Thomas following the departure of the group's frontman of four years, Kory Clarke (of WARRIOR SOUL fame).
TROUBLE played its first show with the band's new lineup in October 2013 at the Day Of Doom festival in Barcelona, Spain.