Drummer Chris Adler of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD told the Gun Shy Assassin that the band is preparing to begin writing material for the follow-up to 2009's "Wrath", tentatively due in late 2011/early 2012 via Epic.
"We just finished all the touring for 'Wrath' which ended up taking, in full, about two years; I think the longest we were home at any time during those two years was about three weeks, so it's not often that — just kind of seeing what's going on out there — bands are able to tour that long," Adler said. "In fact, most bands are struggling to do anything and they're putting out an album a year. We've been lucky to be able to keep going and it's been cool, but it's also been really exhausting, so we're going to kind of lay low for the holidays, and then I think probably February, get together and start writing the new one which we hope to have done by the end of next year."
He added, "We're already booked for several tours in 2012, so, we've already got the schedule rolling and a little job security, so things are good. We're booked through the end of July of 2012… if we can hold it together."
Regarding the songwriting process for the next CD, Adler said, "It's going to take a minute, but hopefully February, we'll start knocking around ideas. I know there are a lot of ideas already. I think [guitarists] Willie [Adler, Chris' brother] and Mark [Morton] have eight or nine really good long ideas of what they want to do. We are working with [producer] Josh Wilbur again and hoping by July, we will be in a studio somewhere, with songs written, kind of banging 'em out."
"Wrath" sold around 68,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 2 (behind TAYLOR SWIFT's "Fearless") on The Billboard 200 chart.
LAMB OF GOD's 2006 album, "Sacrament", opened with around 63,000 units to land at No. 8. This represented almost double the amount of records sold by its predecessor, "Ashes Of The Wake", which registered a first-week tally of 35,000 in September 2004.
"Wrath" was released in North America on February 24, 2009 via Epic. The CD was issued in other territories through Roadrunner Records.
"Wrath" was produced by Josh Wilbur and was recorded in studios in New York, Virginia, and New Hampshire.
The "Wrath" album was released in four configurations: an LP, a CD, a deluxe-edition CD with bonus disc — which contains isolated recording parts — as well as a super-deluxe version featuring a limited-edition box containing an LP, deluxe-edition CD and USB drive containing two exclusive bonus tracks.