After announcing their signing to Church Road in July, Underdark have officially confirmed the release of their new record Managed Decline.
The British black metallers will be unveiling album number two – the follow-up to 4/5-rated debut Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry in 2021 – on November 24, and on it they’ll be tackling a ‘story told over three generations about the degradation experienced by the residents of a post-industrial town in the Midlands’.
“I wanted to explore the long term effects of Thatcherite neoliberalism and the slow-burning disaster they’ve caused for people here,” explains vocalist Abi. “Each generation has to make do with less, and turns to more extreme vices to cope as the loss of purpose and community sets in.”
To coincide with the announcement, Underdark have also shared new single Enterprise (1st November 2004), which Abi says is “the most aggressive song on the album so it’s fitting that it’s the darkest part of the story. A father and daughter are earning money – by pimping the kid to buy dope. I wrote it to also serve as a metaphor for the fetishisation of entrepreneurship in neoliberal society.”
Check it out below: