All Hail the Yeti released their second album Screams From A Black Wilderness today, April 8—finally following up their self-titled breakout LP from 2012. The concept record that includes production work from Matt Hyde (known for his work with Deftones, Slayer and Monster Magnet), but the metalcore outfit's singer Connor Garritty says new guitarist Alan Stokes refreshed the band's sound more than anything:
"Alan Stokes, he came in and breathed new life into this band for sure. A lot of the newer sound on this, compared to our first record, came a lot from Alan. When Alan joined the band, we didn't really decide we wanted to do a more melodic record as opposed to a heavier one; it's just what happened. Because it's a sophomore record, when you start writing it you get pretty nervous because you don't want to stray too far from the first one because then your fans that love the first one won't love the new one, and you don't want to do the exact same record again. It just turned out perfect and we're super happy with how it turned out.
Watch the full interview above to get Garritty's thoughts on his favorite Screams songs "Mr. Murder" and "Angels Envy." Then below watch him recall the band's first gig ever at age 17 in in a Canadian inn/nightclub combo: