Refused Announce Politically Charged New Album ‘War Music’
Refused are back with another new beat. The Swedish art-punk band’s newest album, War Music, will be released Oct. 18 via Spinefarm and Search & Destroy.
It’s been four years since Refused dropped their comeback album, Freedom. It was the highest charting album of their career, peaking at No. 2 on Sweden’s Top Albums chart.
The first single from War Music has not yet been released, but fans can check out a teaser for “Blood Red” in the player below. The full song will come out Aug. 2.
Refused released a statement describing their intent behind War Music, describing a heavily left-wing political and social ideology that fueled the record:
In the present moment, we who believe in the equal distribution of wealth in an egalitarian, ecological direct democracy, we who use gender-neutral pronouns and words like solidarity, moral responsibility, intersectionality and class warfare, we who believe in the Marxist dictum, 'from each according to ability, to each according to need' are on our back foot, on our backs, backed up against the wall, surrounded by enemies, our movement curtailed, our rights violated. It's been clear for some time: the sun is setting on our beliefs.
But we still believe that capitalism is cancer
and we still believe it can be cured.
We still believe that the patriarchy is cancer
and we still believe it too can be cured.
We still believe in the power of art to transform and expand the mind.
And last but by no means least:
We still believe in the total violent obliteration of the one percent.
Blood red until we're fucking dead.
Fans can pre-add and pre-save the upcoming “Blood Red” single here.
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