Chickenfoot, the rock supergroup featuring former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, returned to the studio last month to resume work on their new album, which will be out before the end of the year.  Satriani says the new CD “is heavier and better than the first one.” He added, “I can’t wait to get it out there!”

Chickenfoot’s new album is apparently being mixed this month. The CD’s initial recording sessions were overseen by Mike Fraser, a Canadian producer, engineer and mixer who has previously worked with AC/DC, Metallica and Aerosmith. Songtitles set to appear on the album include “No Change”, “Who’s Next”, “Astral Years” and “I Ain’t Got You, I Got The Two By Blues”.

Hagar revealed in March that Chickenfoot’s second album will be titled Chickenfoot IV” (Four). He said, “It’s the working title but I guarantee it’ll stick.” He added, “We were all like, ‘What are we going to call the second record? Well, ‘Chickenfoot II’ (Two). And we’re going, ‘We can’t call it ‘Chickenfoot II’, that’s too obvious.’ And pretty soon (drummer) Chad Smith, I’m sure was the guy, he’s going, ‘Let’s call it ‘Chickenfoot IV’. And we all cracked up and said, ‘Right on, that’s it.’ And we haven’t talked about it since.”

Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith has said he won’t tour with Chickenfoot this year in support of the band’s second album due to his commitment to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. No word yet on who may be his temporary replacement on tour.