The Arctic Monkeys are releasing their new album in August.

And it's been revealed that the band have taken inspiration from British heavy metal giants Black Sabbath.

The four-piece have been working with Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on the record.


Psychedelia and R'n'B, will it work? ... Arctic Monkeys

Rock group Arctic Monkeys have revealed their third record is almost finished, with the songs recorded and the mixing process at the half-way stage.

Drummer Matt Helders said the album was "nearly" ready, although he admitted: "We haven't picked titles or anything."

"It's just a case of tying it up now, picking what order everything's in."

The four-piece have been working with Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on the record, which they hope to release this August.

Festival curated

Meanwhile, Helders has announced he is organising a free music festival in Sheffield, called Tramlines, which will take place in venues across the "steel city" from 24-26 July.

He is putting on the event alongside Jon McClure from Reverend and the Makers and up-and-coming DJ, Toddla T.

No bands have been confirmed for the festival so far - because, Helders joked: "they've not got back to us yet".

"It's not unorganised in any way," he told BBC 6 Music.

"It's just I don't really want to mention anyone until they are definitely nailed on for it because it will jinx it."

Arctic Monkeys will not be playing at Tramlines because of other commitments, but Helders discussed the band's other festival plans.

"We're doing a few in Eastern Europe and stuff not necessarily in England," he explained.

"Before Leeds And Reading, there's a few in Poland and Serbia and all that. We've never been out there, so it's a good chance to warm up over there."



Inspiration: Black Sabbath, 1970

Arctic Monkeys have explained that their forthcoming new album will be "full on" to the extent that some parts are influenced by Black Sabbath .

Frontman Alex Turner told NME.COM that the band started work on the album last summer, using their trip to the Latitude festival for inspiration.

"We went to Latitude , ripped it up, wrote on our faces and eventually wrote some songs," he said. "We spent the first day there on the most complicated riff you've ever heard.

"It goes round in seven-and-a-half-time. We used it in the end, it's on an intro. It was like [Black] Sabbath."

The band also confirmed that they plan to release the album before their headline performances at the Reading And Leeds Festivals in August.

To read an exclusive cover feature with Arctic Monkeys , featuring in-the-studio photographs from their album sessions in New York, see the new issue of NME, out now.

The tracklisting of Arctic Monkeys ' third album will be:

'My Propeller'
'Crying Lightning'
'Dangerous Animals'
'Secret Door'
'Potion Approaching'
'Fire And The Thud'
'Dance Little Liar'
'Pretty Visitors'
'The Jeweller's Hands'