|Other than the giant monster who wants to punish mankind for destroying his race, things don't seem THAT bleak.|
Iced Earth revealed today the release date, artwork, and track listing for their upcoming album Dystopia. The album will be unleashed in Europe on October 17th and in North America on October 18th. The songs that will be appearing on the record are listed below:
Days of Rage
Anguish of Youth
End of Innocence
Tragedy and Triumph
Mainman Jon Schaffer explained some of his inspirations for the album name and cover in a press release, stating "I've always been fascinated by the darker side of life. Movies like 'Metropolis', 'Brazil', and 'The Matrix' resonate with me. The same for albums like '2112', 'The Wall', and, of course, 'Operation: Mindcrime'. Their images of a soulless, repressive society stuck with me over the years. It must be the sci-fi fan in me."
Shaffer also announced that the album will contain some story elements from their previous record, The Crucible of Man. The songs "Dystopia" and "Tradgedy and Triumph" tell how the band's mascot, Set Abominae, took control of the human race before the end of the last album and the human's emancipation.
You can read the entire press release on the band's official website.
I think the album art looks awesome and I'm glad to see Set continue to make appearances. Like Eddie, Set is a great mascot and has been given an interesting back story over the years. He's certainly more interesting than some of the other mascots out there.