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Foo Fighters, 'Wasting Light' -- 2011 New Album Preview

Foo Fighters' Dave GrohlAfter months of speculation and swirling rumors, the Foo Fighters are finally ready to release their long-awaited, brand-new album, 'Wasting Light' on April 12.

The group finished recording their seventh studio album on Jan. 3, and made the triumphant announcement to their fans via a concise post on their Twitter account, which read: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are officially done."

The announcement was accompanied with a photo, depicting the Foo Fighters celebrating the achievement with a bottle of champagne and broad grins. The official release date for the 11-track album was announced in early February.

'Rope' will be the first single from 'Wasting Light,' available as a digital single on March 1 and as an instant gratification download for those who pre-order the album on iTunes.

The record will mark the Foo Fighters' official follow-up to 2007's 'Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace,' and will herald the group's return from a lengthy hiatus. The forthcoming album was recorded entirely on analog tape at lead singer Dave Grohl's home studio in Los Angeles, and was produced by legendary producer Butch Vig, who put together Nirvana's seminal 1991 album, 'Nevermind.' Grohl had previously said that he wanted Vig to work on the album in commemoration of 'Nevermind''s 20th anniversary.

And Vig isn't the only Nirvana alum who lent his hand to the group's next record. Billboard reports that former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic contributed to one track titled, 'I Should Have Known,' along with longtime Foo and former Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear. Husker Du/Sugar frontman Bob Mould also makes an appearance on a track titled 'Dear Rosemary.'

Though the new album has yet to hit stores, early reports suggest that it'll likely be packed with raucous energy, as evidenced by the 30-second teaser the Foo Fighters recently published on their website.

In a March interview with Rolling Stone, Grohl confirmed that the forthcoming record would probably be the group's "heaviest album yet." He reiterated the description in a more recent interview with BBC Radio. "Each song is full on, the whole record is full on," Grohl said. "In the 14 songs there's not one acoustic guitar, there's not even one in the house."

In addition to releasing a new album, the Foo Fighters are reportedly putting together a documentary about their recording experience, directed by Academy Award winner James Moll. According to a recent press release, the film "will chronicle the entire history of the Foo Fighters" and feature a behind-the-scenes look at their new album.

All in all, it looks like 2011 is shaping up to be a Foo-filled year. "Basically, 2011, you're not gonna be able to get us out of your hair," Grohl predicted. "That's what we're planning."

Tune into AOL Radio's New Rock First station to hear new music from the Foo Fighters as soon as it's released.

'Wasting Light' Tracklisting:

1. 'Bridge Burning'
2. 'Rope'
3. 'Dear Rosemary'
4. 'White Limo'
5. 'Arlandria'
6. 'These Days'
7. 'Back & Forth'
8. 'A Matter of Time'
9. 'Miss the Misery'
10. 'I Should Have Known'
11. 'Walk'

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