After making fans wait almost two years for new music, Muse have finally confirmed the release of their ninth studio album. On Thursday (Aug. 30), the United Kingdom-founded band formally announced the title and release date for their forthcoming record. Titled Simulation Theory, the album is due out Nov. 9 through Warner Music.
The eleven-track record was produced by the band, along with producers Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback, and Timbaland. Simulation Theory will be the follow-up to the group’s 2015 release, Drones. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website.
According to an email sent to fans, the band will be offering three different versions of the record; standard, deluxe, and super deluxe. The standard version will feature 11 tracks, the deluxe version will feature 16 tracks, and the super deluxe will feature 21 tracks.
All pre-orders will receive instant downloads of the group’s previously released songs (“Something Human,” “Thought Contagion,” and “Dig Down”) as well as early access to tickets for their 2019 tour dates. In a response to a fan’s tour inquiry on social media, the band advised them to “stay tuned for tour details.”
In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band also released another new song from Simulation Theory; a tune titled “The Dark Side.” According to the band, fans should expect music videos for every song on the upcoming album. Watch the Lance Drake-directed clip above.
Back in July, fans began to debate whether the group’s new album would be titled Simulation Theory. Speculations began after the trio released the music video for “Something Human.” In the clip, frontman Matt Bellamy is seen putting a VHS titled “Simulation Theory” into a cassette player/VCR-looking item. The whole video revolves around Bellamy returning that VHS to a movie rental store before turning into a werewolf.