It’s been almost eight years since Stone Temple Pilots released their last record, and sadly, the interim has seen the group endure some rather awful tragedies. Now, the band have announced they’re set to release their newest album in March, featuring vocal duties from their new frontman.

Forming back in 1989, Stone Temple Pilots were one of the most commercially succesful alt-rock bands of the ’90s, releasing five albums over a nine year period. Following a period of inactivity between 2002 and 2008, the group reformed and recorded a new self-titled album in 2010.

Sadly, 2013 saw the firing of vocalist Scott Weiland from the group, leading to the band to bringing in Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington as their frontman. In the wake of Weiland’s death in 2015 and the passing of Bennington in 2017, the band begun a search for a new vocalist, eventually settling on Jeff Gutt, the former vocalist for Dry Cell.

“We are thrilled about what lies ahead,” guitarist Dean DeLeo explained in a statement. “The best way for us to honor our past is to keep making new music.”

Stone Temple Pilots’ new self-titled album (yes, another self-titled record. Watch out, Weezer.) is set to be released on March 16th and will feature a total of twelve tracks.

In addition to the already-released single ‘Meadow’, the group have also released a new single in anticipcation of the record, ‘Roll Me Under’. Reportedly one of the first songs written by the group with Gutt in the fold, it delivers an expectedly different sound from the group, but serves as a rather fitting continuation for a group fronted by two of rock’s greatest modern frontmen.

At this stage, there’s no news of when Stone Temple Pilots might begin making their way back to Australia to showcase new and old favourites, but we’re certain that when they do, Aussie audiences will welcome them back with open arms.

Listen to Stone Temple Pilots’ ‘Meadow’ and ‘Roll Me Under’: