Aerosmith fans will have to wait the better part of a year before the band’s new album will be released. Of course, they’ve already waited since 2004 (Honkin’ on Bobo) for a new Aerosmith album, and since 2001 (Just Push Play) for a new Aerosmith album of original material.

In a new message posted on the band’s official website (via Blabbermouth), producer Jack Douglas let fans know when they can expect the album that’s being worked on right now: “The new album should be out around May 2012. I know that’s a long wait, but after the South American tour and Japan in October, November and December, we will just get back to work on it in mid-January.”

In addition, Douglas gave fans an inkling of what the record will sound like. “For those who are asking, this album will be raw, nasty, tough rock with a good deal of the old Aerosmith ‘tongue in cheek.’”

Douglas previously worked with Steven Tyler and friends on their ’70s classics Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic and Rocks.