It’s been quite a few years since ’30 Seconds to Mars’ have released any material, there last being 2009’s This is War. Yet according to front man Jared Leto, the group is hard at work on their fourth LP. This comes off as a surprising announcement, considering that the band have been very quiet recently, and are known to sort of take their time in writing new material. 

Even more surprising, the front man has announced he and the group have accumulated about 50 songs from their recording sessions for the new record. When asked about the sound Leto had this to say: “it’s a dramatic departure from the past, very orchestral, narrative, interactive and even more electronic than previous projects.”

Of course, a front man making exclamations about their respective new record or project needs to always be taken with a grain of salt, but it should be interesting to see where the group takes their sound for the future. The group previously worked with Kanye West for their last album. The group discusses pursuing famed rapper Eminem, as well as Robert Smith from the Cure and the Icelandic post-rock group Sigur Ros. With a roster like that, the new album will be an absolutely gem of just about whatever 30 Seconds to Mars can fit in the blender.

The group has no plans for any live performances for 2012. A bit of a surprise and essentially confirms to album won’t be released this year. but it is a nice break after their record-breaking run of 309 shows in 2009-2010. 

The band will be returning with famed producer Steve Lillywhite. They are recording in Los Angelesin their own studio, dubbed ICAASS. It is an acronym for the comically pretentious title “International Center for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences of Sound.”

There is no confirmed release date, though speculated at early 2013.