After its acrimonious departure from Interscope Records, replete with the requisite blog-style rant outing label-head Jimmy Iovine for his alleged philandering habits, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead is gearing up for its sixth long-player. Scheduled for a January 2009 release, the as-yet-untitled record will reside on the band’s own imprint, Richter Scale Records in conjunction with Justice Records, as it follows 2006’s slightly underwhelming So Divided. Quoth outspoken vocalist Conrad Keely on the group’s newfound freedom, “This will allow us to seek the creative freedom envisioned by the founding fathers of our great nation, immune from the tyranny of the corporate ogre.” The corporate ogre that you willingly teamed up with but whatever. I still say the band’s decline commenced the moment bassist Neil Busch left. Here’s to hoping the new record dispels that myth.