Refused to return with new album ‘Freedom’ – hear comeback single ‘Elektra’ now

It's the band's first album in 17 years, following 1998's 'The Shape Of Punk To Come'

Swedish hardcore-punk outfit the Refused have announced details of their first album in 17 years.

Following on from 1998’s ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’, the band will release ‘Freedom’, their fourth album to date, is out June 30 via Epitaph. It will include opening track ‘Elektra’, which is streaming now below.

Refused initially broke up in 1998 before reforming briefly in 2012. They later reunited again in 2014.

“It’s not a reunion anymore,” said frontman Dennis Lyxzén in a press statement. “This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically.”

“Nobody wanted us to fuck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up,” added drummer David Sandström. “Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us.”

The band will play UK dates at Reading and Leeds festivals this summer.

The ‘Freedom’ tracklisting reads:

‘Elektra’
‘Old Friends / New War’
‘Dawkins Christ’
‘Françafrique’
‘Thought Is Blood’
‘War on the Palaces’
‘Destroy the Man’
‘366’
‘Servants of Death’
‘Useless Europeans’

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