Muse Announced New LP ‘Simulation Theory,’ Share New Single ‘The Dark Side’

Throughout the year, Muse has been teasing their eighth studio album. Now, the band has given us all the details. The LP, titled Simulation Theory, comes out November 9 via Warner Bros. Records. The band also shared the tracklist and album art, illustrated by Kyle Lambert, who’s done poster art for Stranger Things and Jurassic Park. Check them out below.

The follow up to 2015’s Drones  was produced by the band along with Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback, and Timbaland. They previously shared the singles “Dig Down,” “Thought Contagion,” and “Something Human.” They’re previewing a fourth track dubbed “The Dark Side,” which also received a visually stimulating music video. Check it out below.

Simulation Theory will be available in three formats: the standard edition, a deluxe edition, which features 16 tracks, and the Super Deluxe featuring 21 tracks. Bonus songs include an acoustic gospel version of “Dig Down,” “Pressure” featuring a UCLA Bruin Marching Band, a live version of “Thought Contagion,” acoustic renditions of various tracks including “Something Human,” and “Alternate Reality” version of “Algorithm” and “The Dark Side.” Pre-order the album here.

Muse will embark on a world tour in 2019 to support the album though no dates have been announced.

Simulation Theory artwork:

Muse Simulation Theory artwork

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)

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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