Thursday, July 14, 2011

Van Halen: Sevendust drummer raves about new album

Either more people have heard the new Van Halen album...or more people are simply talking about hearing the new album.

Either way, we can add Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose to the list.

“It’s f**king killer,” Rose told a fan. “Eddie hasn’t sounded this good since ‘Balance.’ Dave’s voice sounds great. Alex is absolutely bombastic.”

Rose’s comments follow in the wake of Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti’s up close and personal live performance preview/rehearsal of the album at Eddie’s 5150 studios.

“I didn’t hear any vocals – David was not there,” Tremonti told a Colorado radio station. “It was just the three of them and the music sounded like very authentic, old school Van Halen. It was a just a crazy experience to sit there and watch. Eddie was four feet from me, and Wolfie was on the other side. The guys were very excited to be doing what they’re doing.”

Producer/engineer Ross Hogarth – who worked on the album, in addition to producer John Shanks – also recently raved about the project.

“The whole Van Halen record has been recorded and we’re all excited,” Hogarth told “We have just started mixing the record. I’m really stoked about it, as it is the original band, Eddie and Alex with Wolf playing bass, and David Lee Roth singing, it’s the killing side of Van Halen at the top of their game again with Diamond Dave, and the band on fire.”

Still no word on release date for the album, or its first single, as anticipation for the biggest rock record of 2011 continues to grow.

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Van Halen – Dance The Night Away / Atomic Punk
Cox Arena – San Diego, CA – November 25, 2007

See also:

Van Halen: World Tour rumored to start in November
Van Halen producer says band is ‘on fire’ with new album
Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen named Top American Rock Bands of All Time by Gibson
Van Halen: New music update
Michael Anthony: Chickenfoot vs. Van Halen
Alter Bridge guitarist hears new Van Halen album
Eddie Van Halen interviewed by Smithsonian magazine
Van Halen mixing new album, says Slash
Eddie Van Halen photo book due in October
PHOTO: Eddie Van Halen with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam
Van Halen: first 2011 concerts announced