News: Exist Announce New Album ‘Hijacking The Zeitgeist’

American progressive metal band Exist has announced their fourth album, Hijacking the Zeitgeist, set for release April 12. Along with the announcement is the new video the band has dropped for the track “Blue Light Infinite,” directed by vocalist and guitarist Max Phelps (also of Cynic and Death To All).

Vocalist and guitarist Max Phelps comments:

“We’re very excited to finally announce the release of ‘Hijacking The Zeitgeist’ after sitting on the finished record for quite some time. I think I can speak for all of us in saying that this was overall the most fun we’ve had making an album with Exist. Musically I think it represents a new era for the band with both a heavier sound and much more compact arrangements. Maybe it’s fair to say that it’s akin to our ‘Permanent Waves’ or ‘Moving Pictures’ (for the Rush nerds, like us) in terms of the bands trajectory from the last few albums. We can’t wait for listeners to hear this album and are especially excited to perform these songs live. We’re also proud of the beautiful artwork painted for us by Sebastian Jerke.”

Regarding “Blue Light Infinite,” Phelps states:

“‘Blue Light Infinite’ is both our album opener and first single. It acts as the perfect setup to establish the context of Hijacking The Zeitgeist. The song clocks in at less than four minutes (historically short for us) yet still showcases the variety of styles and dynamics that can be found throughout the album. Lyrically the song is about the addictive and deceptive nature of our obsession with technology. The music video is meant to illustrate this, showing the parallel stories of four characters becoming obsessed with different subjects and going further and further down their respective niche rabbit holes toward despair.”

Exist’s Hijacking the Zeitgeist might be best summed as a cautionary tale of multifaceted exploration of algorithmic rabbit holes, conspiratorial paranoia, and the universal traits that lie within humanity. The record itself challenges the allure and perils of both the digital and the real world with equal parts awe and horror.

Photo courtesy of Exist 

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