Van Halen's new album described as "fucking killer" and "vintage Van Halen"

According to a couple of hard-rockers who've had an advance listen to bits of the upcoming Van Halen album--its first with David Lee Roth since 1984--the California quartet has returned to its raunchy roots.

Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti recently spent time at Van Halen's 5150 studio listening to the forthcoming material, and told Colorado's 94.3 KILO Radio what he'd heard.

"What makes it so great," Tremonti said, "is that they took what they could from all their old demos back in the '80s and pretty much did what they could to create songs out of old ideas. So it sounds like vintage Van Halen. Musically, it sounds in the era. I didn't hear any vocals--David [Lee Roth] was not there. It was just [Eddie, Alex, and Wolfgang Van Halen] and the music sounded like very authentic, old-school Van Halen."

Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose also had the opportunity to preview the much-anticipated music, and described it on the vhlinks.com forum as "fucking killer. Eddie hasn't sounded this good since Balance. Dave's voice sounds great. Alex is absolutely bombastic."

The as-yet-untitled album was engineered by Ross Hogarth, who filled Ultimate-Guitar.com in on the status of the project.

"The whole Van Halen record has been recorded and we're all excited," said Hogarth, whose previous credits include Motley Crue, Coal Chamber, and Devildriver. "We have just started mixing the record. I'm really stoked about it, as it is the original band, Eddie and Alex with Wolf playing bass, and David Lee Roth singing, it's the killing side of Van Halen at the top of their game again with Diamond Dave, and the band on fire."

Rumors have been circulating in the rock world that a new Van Halen single will see release sometime this month. Roth recently posted a message on his website that simply read "Get ready." Hey, if the new tune sounds anything like this, we're in:

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glen p robbins
Excellent
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mr. mike
do you get paid to write? How do you get this job? Your facts are wrong. Hogarth is an engineer, mixing, and tweaking with Ed at 5150. Shanks produced, and Eddie.
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Steve Newton
sorry mr. mike: my bad. I changed "produced" to "engineered" in the blog. thanks for the heads up.
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R2
That Wolfgang's got to get on the coke like his pa, might slim him down a bit.
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Steve Newton
Leave the kid alone, R2.
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Pat Crowe
Horrible concert a few years back.
GayGayGay!
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Rick H
Good gravy, Ed looks like something out of a Ray Harryhausen movie these days. oofa

Is it really blow, R2? I'm not up on the latest VH gossip.
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Big Skid
Crystal meth, you idiots.
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poopnoodle
still waiting for my money back after the reunion show 2-3 yrs ago.

so lame
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stanger
you van halen haters go choke on it ,saw the reunion show it was friggin awsome eddie's guitar playin changed the way guitar was played and nobody's taken it any further since. the band biggest band ever to come out of america thats the facts!
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Mr Honest
Wolfgang is a tool, with no talent...Gee i wonder how that fatty got his job.. wish they'd bring back m anthony...
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glenn
cant wait for new vh maybe chickenfoot will open for vh ha
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Steve Newton
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Chickenfoot STINKS!
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jayou812
No mater what they say it is not the original band how can they say that when they are missing Mike?I'm sure Wolfang will do a great job but it is not the original band.
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CdnAngel
I saw the reunion tour and it was EXCELLENT. Get off the kids case...he's holding his own. And thank you Janie for keeping Eddie off the meth!!!!
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