Rock act Sparta has split with Geffen, which issued its first two studio albums, and signed a new deal with Hollywood Records. The group's as-yet-untitled third album will be released sometime this su

Rock act Sparta has split with Geffen, which issued its first two studio albums, and signed a new deal with Hollywood Records. The group's as-yet-untitled third album will be released sometime this summer.

In addition, Denali/Engine Down guitarist Keeley Davis has joined the Sparta ranks, replacing guitarist Paul Hinojos, who left to join the Mars Volta last year. Both the Mars Volta and Sparta are staffed by former members of influential Texas rock outfit At The Drive-In, which split in 2001.

To chronicle the creation of the new album, recording for which will begin in Los Angeles in March, the group will post video podcasts on its Web site. The first installment is available now.

The set will be the follow-up to Sparta's 2004 Geffen swansong, "Porcelain," which debuted at No. 60 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 84,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its 2002 predecessor, "Wiretap Scars," has shifted more than 144,000 units to date.

"I feel like everything that has been built up in me for 27 years is on 'Porcelain,'" frontman Jim Ward told Billboard.com in 2005. "Like, everything I wanted to say up until then was there, and now I want to find something new."

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