A new album, and a new version of its latest release, are the hot items on Michigan hard rock outfit Chiodos' plate these days.

A new album, and a new version of its latest release, are the hot items on Michigan hard rock outfit Chiodos' plate these days.

Frontman Craig Owens tells Billboard.com that Chiodos has set an "extremely tentative" release target of September 2009 for its third album, and that the sextet from Davison, Mich. (near Flint) is also in discussions with Rick Rubin to produce. "Rick is just a huge fan of the band, so hopefully that'll work out depending on the schedule," Owens says.

Chiodos, which is currently in the midst of a co-headlining tour with Motion City Soundtrack, plans to start writing during January in Lexington, Ky., where it made its 2007 album, "Bone Palace Ballet." Owens says a few ideas are already floating around, but there's no sense yet of what direction the new set will take.

"Everybody has their own ideas, but we haven't combined them yet," he explains. "The fusion process is the thing for us, in the room when everybody is playing their instruments."

Owens adds that despite being courted by major labels, Chiodos plans to stay with indie Equal Vision Records, which he says "can step up as much as any major can."

Chiodos will be offering fans some new music on Oct. 28, however, when it releases "Bone Palace Ballet: Grand Coda," which includes five new songs, acoustic versions of "A Letter From Janelle" and "I Didn't Say I Was Powerful...," and a DVD of performance and behind-the-scenes footage. The new tracks, which Chiodos recorded during the summer in Seattle, are songs that were originally intended for the album but scratched because time ran out; Owens says they'll be sequenced into the existing set rather than merely tacked on at the end.

"We just wanted to get this out to the world," Owens says. "There are some people who haven't bought 'Bone Palace.' still; we wanted to present them with how we wish the CD would've turned out. It's more of a complete thought now."

Owens, who's "feeling great" after a failed suicide attempt and subsequent rehab in July, is also working on a couple of side projects: a full-length album by Cinematic Sunrise, his group with Chiodos keyboardist Bradley Bell, which they plan to begin writing after Thanksgiving; and an unnamed "kind of supergroup" project with members of Circa Survive, Pierce The Veil, Amorosa and others which he will record with producer Casey Bates between Dec. 3-13 in Seattle.