Battle For The Sun
marked some significant changes for the band. Recorded at Metalworks Studios in Canada, it was the first Placebo album recorded outside of the UK. It was also their first album to feature their new drummer, Steve Forrest, who replaced longtime member Steve Hewitt. Molko recalled to Vice
in 2017: "There had been a recent personnel change in the band, and we'd gone from making an album that had been very claustrophobic, and we now wanted to make a record that was quite cinemascope and anthemic. It ended up being very much an album about drums and guitars. I guess it's very much the sound of a band trying to find a new identity."