Photo Credit: Craig Simon

Photo Credit: Craig Simon

In what has been described as their most experimental album to date, Def Leppard have apparently settled upon a release date for their eleventh studio effort.

Although we likely won’t hear anything off of the new release until the conclusion of the hard rock group’s summer tour alongside Styx and Tesla, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen recently took the time to talk about the upcoming album.

“I think it’s the best thing we’ve done since ‘Hysteria’ – I really do. It’s the loudest rock guitars we’ve ever had,” Collen told WAFF. Upon it’s fall release, this will mark the first album from Def Leppard since 2008’s ‘Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.’

The point that there wasn’t an objective to head into the studio, Collen adds, may have a lot to do with the variety and effortless that is to be featured on the band’s new installment.

“We thought we were going to do an EP or a single, and we came out with 12 songs, and now we’ve got 14,” he says. “There wasn’t any industry – no record company executive or anyone saying, ‘You’ve got to do an album.’

“It was purely because we wanted to write songs, and we felt the need to do that. In the old days the Stones, Zeppelin, James Brown, the Beatles, they’d go into the studio when they had an idea and they’d record it.”

Tapping into that chemistry has done wonders for Def Leppard on this new album, according to the guitarist. “We’ve done it like that, and it has a fresher kind of sound for it. The integrity is just amazing – you can hear that in the grooves.”

In the meantime, the members of Def Leppard are continuing their summer tour of the United States while fellow guitar player Vivian Campbell continues to receive medical treatment for cancer.

“I said to the guys, ‘If I ever get sick or anything, I trust you guys to have my back,'” Collen reports. “I would probably have done it a little differently – I would have taken more time off and corrected that. But Viv doesn’t want to sit around. He wants to be out there.

“He’d feel worse it he was at home. So it depends on who you are. I’d just be a different kind of person.”

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