With a change in record companies from Geffen to Columbia, American superband Aerosmith are back with a new album, Nine Lives, which marks a radical musical departure. Selling more than 70 million albums worldwide, Aerosmith are one of the most successful American rock acts ever. As befits a band with such an epic legacy, this album - their 12th - is massive in its scope. Nine Lives is produced and mixed by Kevin Shirley who previously worked with silverchair and Journey. It's a spectacular example of the band's constant evolution - a labour of love, sweat and ingenuity. The album material ranges from rock and roll roots to heartbreaking ballads and there's also some stately mid-tempo grandeur. Pumped up guitars snarl, thundering drums and bass kick in, and then one of the most unmistakable voices in rock history makes it known that here is a 'new cool'. Cool is a catch cry that pretty much sums up this powerhouse band ever since their white-hot rock grabbed the fans' attention 25 years ago. The Aerosmith story is without doubt one of the most glorious chapters in American rock. The new songs are great. Just listen to the irresistible first single, Fallin' In Love (Is Hard On The Knees), power-ballad Hole In My Soul, the exotic Taste of India and the touching Fallen Angels. It's a set that is inspired, impassioned and impeccably executed. And do not be surprised if it is nominated by many as one of the best albums of the year, possibly the decade. The band comprises guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, the dynamite drum-bass combination of Joey Kramer and Tom Hamiliton, and infamous vocalist Steve Tyler. Aerosmith first came to notice in Boston area, attracting the attention of local promoter Frank Connelly who managed them briefly. The band's studio albums include Aerosmith, Get Your Wings, Toys In The Attic, Rocks, Draw The Line, Night In The Ruts, Permanent Vacation, Pump and Get A Grip. Aerosmith also have been honoured at the Grammies, at the MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, People's Choice Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Aerosmith remain as faithful as ever to their roots, yet ready to rock into the next century.