Rise Against have posted a short update on the status and sound of their next full length. The album is titled The Sufferer & The Witness and an early summer release is planned.

The band had this to say:
That's right. Somewhere in the blur of the last 12 weeks we recorded our fourth full length, "The Sufferer & The Witness" at the Blasting Room with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore. After tracking in Colorado, we spent a coupla weeks in LA mixing and trying to survive in the weird, weird world of Hollywood. It's really no place for some humble midwest kids...

So I don't know how to give you an accurate verbal preview of our new record, but I do know we worked harder on this one than any of them yet and the chemistry, spontaneity, and chaos of our relationship with Bill and Jason really came through loud and clear on this recording, which is all we could ever ask for. We're pretty excited and can't wait for you to hear it. You won't find any acoustic guitar on this one, but perhaps a few other surprises and curveballs await your curious ears...look for an early summer release.

The band will be playing three "exclusive" and sold out shows in LA this May. From May 16th through the 18th, the band will be performing at the Troubadour with Strike Anywhere and a rotating opening band. Bands occupying the rotating opening slot include Authority Zero, Love Equals Death and The Blackout Pact.

The band has also indicated plans to tour internationally in the fall, after their Warped Tour jaunt.

The album is the follow up to 2004's Siren Song of the Counter Culture which was followed by a reissue of their 2001 debut, The Unravelling.