On the band’s forthcoming album — “Feeding the Wolves,” due out on Aug. 31 and the group’s third for Universal Records — they’re capturing a little of that old ferocity, guitarist Brian Vodinh told me this week.
“We started out as a more aggressive band, and now we’re reverting back to that a little bit,” Vodinh said. “We definitely want our fans to hear this aggressive side of us, and we think they’re going to trip out when they hear this record.”
“Shoot It Out” is the album’s first single, but there are other tracks Vodinh is particularly excited about — like the song “Fade Into.”
“It’s definitely not going to go to radio because it’s 6 minutes long, so it’ll never be a single, but it’s full of crazy riffs and this little jam session in the middle,” he said. “It’s really dark and heavy — just a special song and basically something that we’ve never done before. I’m very excited for fans to hear it.”
The new album is impressive enough to earn some serious kudos from a fellow Knoxville rocker — Brent Smith, singer for Shinedown. That band is headlining the “Carnival of Madness” Tour that comes through East Tennessee on Friday, and Smith told us in a recent interview that he’s stoked his old friends are on the bill.
“I’ve known all of them for a while now, and I’m very proud of those guys,” Smith said. “I had the pleasure of being able to hear the new record, and it’s astonishing. It’s completely different from the other ones. I think they’ve come into their own as songwriters. They’re really stepping up and really focusing on making the hair on the back of your neck stand up.”