Vocalist Kyle Thomas of New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER has confirmed to “The Dan Chan Show” that he and his bandmates are “in pre-production for a new album” at the moment. He said (hear audio below): “I’m writing at home. Marzi‘s [Montazeri, guitar] writing at home. Jason [Viebrooks, bass] and Sasha [Horn, drums] are writing at home. They work together as well. So everybody’s kind of piecing everything together. We share the files, we make recommendations to each other and tweak it. We’re just throwing it to the wall and seeing what sticks. But so far, we’ve got some really, really good stuff [in the works].”
Asked if EXHORDER fans should expect to see the follow-up to 2019’s “Mourn The Southern Skies” later this year, Kyle said: “If it’s not released this year, it will probably be released in 2022. But Marzi‘s got probably close to 10 songs written on his own. Jason and Sasha put together about a half a dozen. Mostly what I do for EXHORDER songs is I write parts, and then I submit them, and then they might get used here and there. That’s how it always was done in the past. There are some parts of mine that made it onto the old albums. But most of what I write, when I’m writing, ends up being more like the FLOODGATE stuff. On occasion, when there’s something that I’ve written, they’ll use. I’m not that worried about it. I just want great songs handed to me so I can do what I do.
“My biggest part, outside of writing vocals and lyrics, is the arrangement — helping to piece the song into the format that it needs to be in,” he explained. “And just the overall production side of it, especially vocally, I like having input on — what part here, the intro should be this…”
“EXHORDER‘s always been a team effort; it’s never been one person writing all the music, one person writing all the vocals. It’s not like that at all. It’s always been a collaborative effort, and I think that’s what makes us so good at what we do — you get all those different flavors melding into one dish, and then it’s something special.”