Muse announce new album, 'Simulation Theory', release retro visuals for single 'The Dark Side': Watch

The band's eighth full-length album, the follow up to 2015's 'Drones', is set to arrive in November via Warner Bros. Records in three formats: original, delux and super delux.


                            Muse announce new album, 'Simulation Theory', release retro visuals for single 'The Dark Side': Watch

After teasing us with three back to back singles - 'Thought Contagion', 'Dig Down', and 'Something Human', Muse has finally made it official and announced their new album. Titled 'Simulation Theory', the album marks the Grammy-winning alternative rockers' eighth full-length studio effort. The album spans a total of 11 tracks and is due out November 9 through Warner Bros. Records.

In anticipation of the good news, Muse have treated fans to a slick new stadium-worthy song called 'The Dark Side,' which is accompanied by a music video with a retro, yet futuristic aesthetic, one that has been trending quite a bit this year (think 'Ready Player One', 'Stranger Things' etc.).

The video expands on the title and theme of the album, with a Daft Punk-like riff in the background that beautifully complements the 'Back to the Future' meets 'Tron' visual style as frontman Matt Bellamy races a sports car through a futuristic universe filled with giant robots trying to stop him. Directed by Lance Drake, the video for seems to pick up where the clip for 'Something Human' left off. Check out the visuals for 'The Dark Side' below.



 

'Simulation Theory' marks Muse’s first album since 2015’s 'Drones', and was produced by the band alongside Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback, and Timbaland. 

The album is available to pre-order and comes with an instant download of 'The Dark Side,' as well as three other previously released tracks. The band has also confirmed that they'll be releasing music videos for all 11 tracks, which we can definitely expect to follow in the already established visual style. The artwork for the album was illustrated by digital artist Kyle Lambert, who’s done the poster art for 'Stranger Things', 'Jurassic Park', and many other films, which might explain the visual style. 

'Simulation Theory' will be released in three formats: Standard (11 tracks), Deluxe (16 tracks), and Super Deluxe (21 tracks). The expanded tracklisting boasts an acoustic gospel version of 'Dig Down', a UCLA Bruin Marching Band-featuring version of 'Pressure', a live version of 'Thought Contagion', acoustic versions of several tracks including 'Something Human', and "Alternate Reality” versions of 'Algorithm' and 'The Dark Side'.

Check out the complete tracklisting for all three album versions as well as the artwork for the album below. Muse will also hit the road in support of 'Simulation Theory' with a world tour in 2019; dates are still forthcoming.

Official album art for Muse's 'Simulation Theory'.
Official album art for Muse's 'Simulation Theory'.

Simulation Theory Tracklist:
01. Algorithm
02. The Dark Side
03. Pressure
04. Propaganda
05. Break It To Me
06. Something Human
07. Thought Contagion
08. Get Up and Fight
09. Blockades
10. Dig Down
11. The Void

Deluxe Album CD:

01. Algorithm
02. The Dark Side
03. Pressure
04. Propaganda
05. Break It To Me
06. Something Human
07. Thought Contagion
08. Get Up and Fight
09. Blockades
10. Dig Down
11. The Void
12. Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version)
13. The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Version)
14. Propaganda (Acoustic)
15. Something Human (Acoustic)
16. Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)

Super Deluxe Boxset:
CD 1 and Vinyl 1

01. Algorithm
02. The Dark Side
03. Pressure
04. Propaganda
05. Break It To Me
06. Something Human
07. Thought Contagion
08. Get Up and Fight
09. Blockades
10. Dig Down
11. The Void

CD 2 and Vinyl 2
01. Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version)
02. The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Version)
03. Pressure (feat. UCLA Bruin Marching Band)
04. Propaganda (Acoustic)
05. Break It To Me (Sam de Jong remix)
06. Something Human (acoustic)
07. Thought Contagion (Live)
08. Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)
09. The Void (Acoustic)
10. The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Instrumental)