Arctic Monkeys going ‘full on Black Sabbath’ for new album

Band speak to NME.COM about eagerly awaited third LP

Arctic Monkeys have explained that their forthcoming new album will be “full on” to the extent that some parts are influenced by Black Sabbath.

Frontman Alex Turner told NME.COM that the band started work on the album last summer, using their trip to the Latitude festival for inspiration.

“We went to Latitude, ripped it up, wrote on our faces and eventually wrote some songs,” he said. “We spent the first day there on the most complicated riff you’ve ever heard.


“It goes round in seven-and-a-half-time. We used it in the end, it’s on an intro. It was like [Black] Sabbath.”

The band also confirmed that they plan to release the album before their headline performances at the Reading And Leeds Festivals in August.

To read an exclusive cover feature with Arctic Monkeys, featuring in-the-studio photographs from their album sessions in New York, see the new issue of NME, out now.

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