For Angels and Airwave’s first album since 2011, Tom DeLonge wanted to go, as he puts it, “a little bit down to Earth.” According to Rolling Stone “I was able to come in with Ilan,” he says, referring to Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin, “and say, ‘OK, how do we do something that is a left turn from what people know of Angels and Airwaves?'”

If “Paralyzed,” the first song the band is premiering from the LP, is any indication, the new direction is relentless, heavy and loud. “Lyrically, the song is about sleep paralysis,” the frontman and songwriter tells Rolling Stone. “I think we needed something that would turn heads and ignite a fan base of post-hardcore punk-rock kids that might still be lingering there from my earlier years.”

The project, however, will include far more than punk rock, and on October 31st, DeLonge’s label, To the Stars, will start releasing some of the music videos, animations, comic books, a novel and feature film that comprise the accompanying multimedia piece, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker. The album itself, simply titled The Dream Walker, will be released shortly thereafter. While on the phone to discuss “Paralyzed,” Delonge chatted about its supernatural back story and the death of producer and engineer Jeff Newell, a friend he often referred to as the band’s fifth member.

Below find the audio to the new song; which sounds amazing, and we can’t wait for the new album to be released. I am a huge AVA fan, I bought all their previous albums, and most of them are still on repeat on my personal playlist. We also did a post a few weeks ago on their first ever single – The Adventure.