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Glenn Hughes Says New Black Country Communion Album Is About ‘Walking Through Fear’

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Glenn Hughes has outlined the writing process for Black Country Communion‘s comeback album BCCIV, saying that one of the record’s main themes is “walking through fear.”

The LP will be released on Sept. 22, following a reunion by the band – which also includes Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham – after it settled the differences that caused them to split in 2012.

“All the songs were written with a topic,” Hughes told MyRockWorld (via Blabbermouth). “What kind of song we’re going to write musically, what kind of song am I going to write lyrics about? This album is about walking through the fear, having faith, hope, the killing of dolphins – which I’m against, of course.

“‘Wanderlust’ was written about my travels and always returning home, always safe,” he continued. “‘The Crow’ [is] a very intense rock track written about the bird that watches over the band. It’s really a great song about the Black Country. I wrote a song for my father, when he passed away, called ‘Love Remains.’ The chorus was very, very sensitive – it sounds like a song for someone that had just passed. It’s a very personal song for me.”

The track “The Last Song for My Resting Place” came about after guitarist Bonamassa suggested a subject. “Joe told me, ‘I’ve got this idea about a song about the head violin player, or the leader of the orchestra, on the Titanic.’ I said, ‘That’s a really good idea.’ He wrote a lyric about the violin player. I thought it was a great opportunity to show how versatile Joe is, so I’m really happy for Joe.”

And the song “Over My Head” was something that came to Hughes in bed at home, when his wife heard him singing the line over and over. “She said, ‘Honey, what’s that?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, but I have to go and record it.’ I left the bedroom and I just wrote a song around that chorus. I came back to bed and the idea was recorded – and that’s the way I took it to Joe. We finished it together.”

Hughes, who was a member of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, recently noted that the band had had about four months to write new material. “The results speak for themselves,” he said. “All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums. The new album is more of a progression.”

Black Country Communion have confirmed two U.K. shows to follow the release of BCCIV. They’ll appear at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Jan. 2 and at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on Jan. 4, 2018. They released a video for their track “Collide” last week.

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