During an interview about his comic book series Orchid—which stars a teenage prostitute in a future dystopia—Tom Morello made a huge reveal: The Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave axeman is putting down the acoustic guitar and returning to his heavy-as-hell rock roots.
"I am working on a new solo record," Morello revealed to horror culture website Bloody Disgusting. "This will be the first time since Rage Against the Machine or Audioslave that I've made a really big rock record."
Unlike his last four solo albums, Morello said this record may not be credited to his acoustic-leaning alter ego, the Nightwatchman. While those LPs—from 2007's One Man Revolution to 2011's World Wide Rebel Songs—leaned toward politically-minded folk music, he's describing this new album as a "release the hounds" rock effort.
"It's just time to rock and I’ve written a batch of songs with huge riffs and huge grooves," Morello said. "I'm working it out with my band now and we're about five songs deep at this point."
As exciting as this is for longtime fans of the guitar maestro, don't expect to hear Morello's return to rock anytime soon: "We're taking our time with it," he said. That's understandable: Those comics about teenage prostitutes from the future don't write themselves.