The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die have been talking about their fourth album (and first since 2017's Always Foreign) for a while, and now they've officially announced it. It's called Illusory Walls, and it's due digitally October 8 via Epitaph and on vinyl on December 3 (pre-order). The album was co-produced by TWIABP's Chris Teti and his studio partner Greg Thomas (of END, ex-Misery Signals), and the band spent about a year writing and recording it, taking more time than usual due to the pandemic. The album title was inspired by the video game Dark Souls, and vocalist David F. Bello says it "refers to a hidden surface that seems to prevent entry, but upon inspection is nothing more than a visual illusion."
The first taste of Illusory Walls is "Invading the World of the Guilty" (also a Dark Souls reference), and it sounds unmistakably like TWIABP, but it's also some of the darkest music they've ever released. On the surface, you're greeted by the familiar vocals of David F. Bello and Katie Dvorak's bubbly synths, but in the background, TWIABP layer noodly math-metal guitars that sound like Jupiter-era Cave In. Matching the darker music are the imagery-laden lyrics, that -- according to a press release -- "[question] the effects on mankind when massive corporations take over all aspects of our lives." At six immersive minutes, it's a real journey of a song, and it comes with an Adam Peditto-directed video that you can watch below.