The Crystal Method, the stalwart electronic dance music group that many consider to be America's answer to Daft Punk and the Chemical Brothers, have a fifth studio album on the way -- one with an eponymous, apparently "Walter White-approved name" to go along with it, member Scott Kirkland said in a statement recently.
"Actually, we hate coming up with album titles, and it was just easier to call it 'The Crystal Method,'" Kirkland added about the new album, which is set to drop in January 2014.
"It's been two decades since this started, and electronic music has enjoyed a huge resurgence," added his partner in dance music crime, Ken Jordan. "We wanted to reintroduce ourselves to the world here. The name itself signifies 20 years of doing this. It represents a great deal of hard work, fun and rewards. It's simply who we are."
On the new album, the groove wizards call upon a few friends to help out. Country sensation LeAnn Rimes presents her pristine pipes on "Grace," while Dia Frampton spills some soul into "Over It."
Then there's Scars On Broadway's Franky Perez, who shows up on "Difference," Le Castle Vania, who contributes to “Storm The Castle,” and Miami’s Afrobeta, who accentuates "After Hours."
But even with all the chemistry Kirkland and Jordan concocted with the other artists, the self-titled set is bound to come across as a deeply personal creation, as it comes after Kirkland's brain surgery earlier in 2013.
The album can be pre-ordered with exclusive bundles and offers on the Crystal Method's official website.
In other Crystal Method news, the pair made a surprise appearance at the Riot Games’ League of Legends World Championship. At the sold-out event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kirkland and Jordan were joined by Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, musician Danny Lohner, Combichrist drummer Joe Letz and a 90-piece orchestra to perform the “Lucian: The Purifiers Resolve” theme music they created for the game.
The event was captured in this video.
And you can view the video clip promoting the song that has garnered more than 1,200,000 views here.
The Crystal Method's previous album was 2009's "Divided By Night."