Hard rock act Cold is in the studio working on its fourth album. Due sometime in 2005, the set will be the follow-up to 2003's "Year of the Spider" and the Flip Records band's first Atlantic effort af

Hard rock act Cold is in the studio working on its fourth album. Due sometime in 2005, the set will be the follow-up to 2003's "Year of the Spider" and the Flip Records band's first Atlantic effort after three releases through Interscope-affiliated labels A&M and Geffen.

At least eight songs are written for the new album, according to a post by Cold frontman Scooter Ward on the message board of the band's official Web site. "You guys are gonna love the new s***," he enthuses. "It's a mixture of all the records' kinda vibe."

The new sessions find original guitarist Matt Loughran back in the Jacksonville, Fla.-based band, following last year's exits of Terry Balasamo (for a spot in Evanescence) and Kelly Hayes. Bassist Jeremy Marshall and drummer Sam McCandless round out the group.

"This is a great band with exceptional musicianship, lyrical depth, emotional power, and real integrity," Atlantic Chairman/CEO Jason Flom says. "They have continued to evolve with each new album, and I believe that they have only scratched the surface of their true potential."

Released by Flip/Geffen, "Year of the Spider" debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 506,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In his post, Ward suggests the band is hoping to hit the road again in December, although nothing has been officially confirmed.