Legendary Malaysian rock band Wings is back with a brand new album after 13 years.

THIRTEEN years is a long time to have to wait for an album from your favourite band. But for fans of legendary local band Wings, that’s exactly how long they’ve waited for Awie and gang to finally release their 16th album, Menakluk Kosmos (translation: Conquering the Cosmos).

In fact, it’s been so long since Wings’ last album (2002’s Hari Kiamat) that Awie’s voice couldn’t cope initially. “I had to get used to singing rock songs again,” he said during the official launch of the album at Hard Rock Café Kuala Lumpur recently.

“When we tried recording the first three songs, I could not sing properly, and I actually had to take a break to analyse and relearn how to sing those kinds of songs again.”

According to him, everyone in the band is now over 40 years old, so it’s not just his singing voice that has changed, but also everyone else’s playing styles as well.

The current Wings lineup consists of Awie, 46, guitarist Joe, 44, drummer Black, 47, and bassist Eddie, 45.

The band, which has been around since 1985, have released 16 albums in total before Menakluk Kosmos, which have included some of the most iconic Malay songs of all time, including Sejati, Misteri Mimpi Syakilla, Taman Rashidah Utama, Opera Hidup, and Bernafas Dalam Lumpur.

Although they have not released a studio album in 12 years, the band gave a sterling reminder of what fans have missed in last year’s Wings Rockestra concert at Istana Budaya from April 26-30.

Menakluk Kosmos, available in record stores as well as iTunes, is produced by KRU music and distributed by Sony music.

“It’s been so long since we had any new material, so this time it’s a direction that we will be continuing the journey of Wings,” said Joe.

According to Eddie, his style of play has definitely matured over the years.

“My style of playing is no longer like it was in the past, like a kid playing guitar,” he said, adding that everyone involved put 101% of their effort into the production. “Our producers worked really hard with us to retain the Wings signature style in terms of vocals and our arrangements.”

He was also glad that even after such a long hiatus, the band was still getting a good reception from their fans.

“Our last album was in 2002, and with this new album, we hope that we can appeal to both our older and newer fans’ tastes,” he said.