It's on! Living Colour have been contemplating their sixth studio album for well over a year and now the band has a street date for the Shade disc. The album is set to drop on Sept. 8 via Megaforce Records.

Vocalist Corey Glover recently told us, "It took us almost four years to make this record. We went through problems with managers, with record companies and schedules — it just took forever and finally we got it done. I can't wait to get that process over with so I can go back and start working on new stuff again, personally, and just start writing new things. Part of the process was that we weren't going to compromise on a lot of stuff. There were some sonic things that we weren't going to compromise on; we needed to get it right."

He continued, "At the same time, there's something about discovering something as you play it that changes it and that makes the difference between the recorded version and the live version. 'Cult Of Personality' live doesn't sound the way it was recorded because we've been playing it for almost 30 years and it changes based on the environment, the gear and the temperament and all that. I think we're satisfied with Shade for what it is as a recording."

When asked in a separate interview what the title of Shade meant to him, Glover stated, "As time progresses, a shadow falls, and it's all about the progression of time. We're trying to dissect and really take the roots of the music that created us and take it to task." Will Calhoun added, "There’s a lot of music in there, I spent a lot of time in Africa and I’ve been studying music there and connecting the dots – mostly hanging out with a lot of indigenous musicians. A lot of what I want to bring is a cultural history, too. Gnawa music is more than 40,000 years old but the essence is the same; it’s about issues and family."

For those interested, the Shade album is currently available to pre-order here. And you can catch Living Colour on tour at these stops.

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