Muse Announce New Album ‘Simulation Theory,’ Release “The Dark Side”

After more than a year of teasing and sharing new songs, today Muse finally announced their upcoming 8th studio album, Simulation Theory, will be out on November 9th! The standard edition of the album will feature 11 songs, including the previously released “Dig Down,” “Thought Contagion,” and “Something Human.” It will also include “The Dark Side,” a brand new song that Muse just shared today.

Last month, Muse revealed that the new album would also feature “alternative” versions of most of the songs. True to their word, the album comes with two deluxe versions. The normal deluxe edition will feature five bonus tracks, including “alternate reality” and “acoustic” renditions of some tracks. A super deluxe edition comes with an additional five bonus tracks, including some remixes and live recordings, totaling 10 bonus tracks.

Below you can see the full tracklist for Simulation Theory. Tracks 1-11 are on the standard edition of the album; tracks 12-16 are bonus tracks that appear on the deluxe edition.

  1. Algorithm
  2. The Dark Side
  3. Pressure
  4. Propaganda
  5. Break It To Me
  6. Something Human
  7. Thought Contagion
  8. Get Up And Fight
  9. 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)

Fans who choose the super deluxe edition of Simulation Theory will get the standard tracks 1-11 above, as well as a second disc with the following bonus tracks. Five of the tracks appear on the regular deluxe edition, while the other five are exclusive to the super deluxe.

  1. Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version)
  2. The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Version)
  3. Pressure (ft. UCLA Bruin Marching Band)
  4. Propaganda (Acoustic)
  5. Break It To Me (Sam de Jong Remix)
  6. Something Human (Acoustic)
  7. Thought Contagion (Live)
  8. Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)
  9. The Void (Acoustic)
  10. The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Instrumental)

If that album announcement isn’t enough excitement for one day, Muse also shared the music video for a new song. “The Dark Side” is the most energetic and instantly gratifying songs we’ve heard from Simulation Theory so far. It sounds similar to the Muse of Origin Of Symmetry or Absolution, so old-school fans are sure to enjoy it as much as newer fans. The music video, directed by Lance Drake, picks up right where “Something Human” left off. Matt Bellamy, still in his red sports car, races through the alternate reality world the vortex led him to. It’s an eery sci-fi city inhabited by dangerous giant skeletons. But for all their fearsome ways, Matt isn’t deterred as he zooms by them.

Watch the music video for Muse’s newest song, “The Dark Side,” below:

Ahead of the November 9th release, you can pre-order Simulation Theory at Muse’s official website now. There you will find the standard, deluxe, and super deluxe editions. They provide links to streaming, digital downloads, CDs, cassettes, and vinyl options. When you pre-order, you’ll receive instant downloads of the four released songs so far. If you choose a physical option, you’ll also get early access to Muse’s upcoming 2019 tour, expected to start next spring.

With only three months to go before we get Simulation Theory, there will be plenty going on in the Muse universe. The band plans to release one more song, “Pressure,” ahead of the album. So far, all four songs have come with accompanying music videos. Today, Muse confirmed that the other seven songs will also each get a music video, meaning this will be a fully visual album.

Get ready for Simulation Theory, out on November 9th! In the meantime, catch up on all that went into making the album. And as always, keep checking back here for all the latest Muse news.

Muse - Simulation Theory - Album Cover

Official album cover artwork by Kyle Lambert. 

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