Crystal Castles have been sharing small details of their “bleak” third album for months, and on Wednesday (Sept. 26), the Canadian electronica duo officially revealed that “(III)” would be hitting stores on Nov. 6 through Casablanca/Fiction/Universal Republic.
In addition, Alice Glass and Ethan Kath graced their fans with another new track, “Wrath of God,” which follows the previously released “Plague.” “Wrath of God” is more ambient and less oppressive than “Plague,” although Glass’s pleas eventually lead into a punishing climax and a swarm of static to end the song.
“(III)” was produced by Kath and follows Crystal Castles’ 2008 self-titled debut and 2010’s “Crystal Castles (II).” The stark cover photo — depicting a woman holding her son as he suffers from tear gas — was taken by Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda.
“A lot of bad things have happened to people close to me since ‘II’ and it’s profoundly influenced my writing as I’ve realized there will never be justice for them,” Glass says in a statement. “I didn’t think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it feels like the world is a dystopia where victims don’t get justice and corruption prevails. I’m one step away from being a vigilante to protect people and bring justice to the people I love. I’ve thought about it.”
Crystal Castles will kick off a tour of the U.S. with HEALTH on Thursday night in Charlotte.