Manic Street Preachers / Resistance is Futile / new album due in April

Almost two months after they announced it via their website, the Manic Street Preachers have made their 13th studio album Resistance Is Futile available to pre-order via channels other than their own website.

The band have recorded the new album (their first in four years) at their new studio near Newport after they were forced to vacate their Faster studio, which had been a recording, rehearsal base and general ‘hangout’ since 2005.

The 12-track album is described by the band as “widescreen melancholia” and will be available in the now familiar two-CD deluxe hardcover bookset which includes a bonus disc of the entire album in demo form and two bonus tracks.

The deluxe edition will be limited and you can pre-order that format from the SDE shop right now (worldwide shipping) along with the black vinyl.

Resistance is Futile is released on 6 April 2018.

Pre-order from the SDE shop:

Other pre-order links will be added to this post when available.

2CD deluxe edition

Resistance is Futile

  1. People Give In
  2. International Blue
  3. Distant Colours
  4. Vivian
  5. Dylan & Caitlin
  6. Liverpool Revisited
  7. Sequels Of Forgotten Wars
  8. Hold Me Like A Heaven
  9. In Eternity
  10. Broken Algorithms
  11. A Song for The Sadness
  12. The Left Behind

CD 2 (deluxe only)

  1. People Give In (Demo)
  2. International Blue (Demo)
  3. Distant Colours (Demo)
  4. Vivian (Demo)
  5. Dylan & Caitlin (Demo)
  6. Liverpool Revisited (Demo)
  7. Sequels Of Forgotten Wars (Demo)
  8. Hold Me Like A Heaven (Demo)
  9. In Eternity (Demo)
  10. Broken Algorithms (Demo)
  11. A Song for The Sadness (Demo)
  12. The Left Behind (Demo)
  13. Concrete Fields
  14. A Soundtrack To Complete Withdrawal

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The Big MD

Looks like it could be No 1 :


I like the Manics, I like the Manics even more when I don’t read the promotional interviews by Nicky Wire. When he tones down his lyrics and stops trying to come across as overtly intellectual it works so much better. A Design For Life and If You Tolerate This (and others of the period) worked so well because he was much more subtle in what was his latest reading muse. He even mentions it in an interview that JDB had said he didn’t know what the f*** he was on about. Sums it up when the guy who’s making your lyrics into a song doesn’t get it.

Can’t help but wish James would work on another solo album after this so we don’t have to face another outpouring of ‘intellectual sludge’ in 2 years time when Nicky thinks this album is too simplistic in its message.


Pre ordered In November 2017 and coming out now? That’s Nothing!

I pre ordered a Killing Joke LP from Pledge Music In December 2016 …. it’s been delayed… and delayed.. And further delayed…. its supposed to be coming out in November 2018 now …. so a pre order of nearly 2 Years!

What the hells that all about Pledge Music!

Kevin Galliford

I bet they’re hoping this will shift a few more concert tickets for them! Only one date sold out so far to my knowledge & last week I checked at the Genting arena / NEC & they had loads left!

Larry Davis

I preordered the 2CD deluxe from Amazon UK and keep a lookout for the Japanese…if there are more bonus tracks, I will simply just cancel my preorder…I still need the Japanese deluxes of the last 2….Futurology & Rewind The Film…had the UK deluxe of RTF but when I saw the Japanese one, I sold it…someone on the reissue thread mentioned Gold Against the Soul getting SDE treatment and I say no way…they hate it…i have the 2009 2CD Japanese 4Real reissue and that will prob be final…

Alan Wilson

You’ve got a few nice collectors options on this one:

The early birds who went for signed individual or bundled items in the manics store:
The very fetching exclusive red vinyl exclusive to the manics store (don’t know how many pressed) – but still available
The newly announced Indie Stores Exclusive White Vinyl
The standard black vinyl (available here and in all good indie stores) – Probably Amazon shortly as well.
The double CD collectors book set,

A little hard on the pocket if you like to collect all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle, but it’s good that there’s plenty of options out there.


There you go ..a housing development…if I tolerate..etc

Michael G

This has been available for quite awhile,ordered a signed copy November time ,long since sold out!


Ordered the deluxe cd version 2 months ago.

Kevin Galliford

I ordered my signed copy from the MSP website ages ago. I think they sold out in a matter of days. On to another matter, Iwonder why they had to vacate their Cardiff studio?. Anybody know?


They had to make way for housing. Big shame but they seem content with the new premises.


Kevin Galliford

Thank Andrew


I’m stuck to “Know Your Enemy” with the Manics, since I didn’t like the two subsequent records and just stopped following them. This single sounds good though, maybe I should give it a try.

Where’s the video been shooted? Is it somewhere in Italy?


Paolo, I think the International Blue video was shot in Nice, France.


Nice cover art.

Matthew Langhorn

I ordered the deluxe cd, coloured vinyl and cassette bundle for £40 from the Manics website

Anybody selling a cassette deck? (Joking I probably have one in the loft, next to my minidisc player)

I think it’s signed too, or I might be confusing that with the Franz Ferdinand album lol


I have two cassette decks, but no cassettes! (I threw them all out years ago)

Liam Bastick

For the shop, will the exclusion of VAT ever be incorporated for those of us overseas and eligible? It can make a big difference for larger ticket items.

Rob Iles

Thanks Paul, just bagged my copy via the SDE shop :-)


Any news on the Japanese version? These tend to have another two tracks tacked on to disc one.

Steve W

Hi Paul, is the money taken straightaway or on shipment?

Steve W

Thanks, that’s what I thought but in that case I’ll have to take the chance & wait until next month. :)


I’ve touched on this subject before Paul but this time I guess you’re closer to the possible answer, how limited is limited?