Veteran New York death metal band Immolation has announced the details of its upcoming full-length album, the ninth in the band’s career, which dates back to the mid-80s. The album will be titled “Kingdom of Conspiracy”. Guitarist Robert Vigna explained the concept behind the album as the following:
The album deals with the world today and the slow unraveling and breakdown of our societies and the systems and structures behind them. It speaks of the human side to all this and how we have all lost our way and have fed into these very systems that are slowly coming apart. This is the common thread running throughout the album and the cover paints a very dark picture of the future, where these systems have completely absorbed our world, and our freedoms and we have become a part of the very fabric of these structures that we have created. Each song is a symptom of this mass sickness that has brought the world to the point it is at now, and we paint a very bleak picture of this slow and gradual breakdown and the human failures that sped this process along. This is the 'Kingdom of Conspiracy'.
The track listing has been set as:
01. Echoes of Despair
02. Keep the Silence
03. Kingdom of Conspiracy
04. Serving Divinity
05. The Great Sleep
07. A Spectacle of Lies
08. God Complex
09. Bound to Order
10. All That Awaits
Additionally, the album artwork has been made available. Drawn by artist Pär Olofsson, it is a bleak depiction the concept of the album:
The figures in the artwork have all been bound and chained and have their eyes and mouths sewn shut symbolically, showing the chilling of speech and the intentional blinding of the masses. They all make up the huge ominous structure behind them, which is symbolic of the growing security state as well as our failing structures today, and how they are slowly and methodically consuming and controlling us all. It has a very Orwellian feel to it, which is what we were going for since the album is very dark in a slightly different way.
The follow-up to 2010’s “Majesty and Decay”, “Kingdom of Conspiracy” will be released in North America by Nuclear Blast Records on May 14.
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