Styx already have a big summer planned, as they’ll embark on a big tour alongside REO Speedwagon and Don Felder in late June — but they’ll be doing so after the release of a new studio album!
Billed as ‘a true hi-fidelity analog recording,’ The Mission will be released on June 16. The band’s 16th studio album and the first since 2003, was led by the premiere of “Gone Gone Gone” over at Billboard. Watch the song’s video below:
From the press release:
“The planets truly aligned for The Mission, and I couldn’t be prouder,” says vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw, who co-wrote the album’s storyline with longtime collaborator Will Evankovich (Shaw/Blades, The Guess Who). “It’s our boldest, most emblematic album since Pieces of Eight.”
More about the record:
Indeed, The Mission is an aurally adventurous 43-minute thrill ride that chronicles the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumphs of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033. From the hopeful drive of “Gone Gone Gone” to the stargazing machinations of “Locomotive” to the rough-riding blaze of glory that permeates the hard-charging “Red Storm” to the elegiac optimism of the closing track “Mission to Mars,” the album succeeds in delivering the greater good from a band that continues to fire on all cylinders, 45 years after signing its first recording contract.
The Mission will be available on CD and digital formats as well as vinyl — and pre-orders are up now at Styx’s official site. Here’s the track listing: