Jethro Tull unveil the official video for the title-track from their upcoming album “The Zealot Gene” due out on January 28, 2022 via InsideOut Music. Watch the video through the YouTube player below:
The song is the third offering from the album, following “Shoshana Sleeping” and “Sad City Sisters,” which were released near the end of 2021.
“The Zealot Gene,” which arrives on January 28, 2022 marks the band’s first studio album in nearly two decades. The project has been in the works since 2017 and was initially slated for a 2020 release, but the coronavirus pandemic halted the band’s plans.
“Amidst the concerns and warnings of the scientific community and a few more enlightened politicians, we all retreated in disbelief to our homes to wait out the storm,” bandleader Ian Anderson said in a statement.
Anderson added that “The Zealot Gene” pulls from a variety of Biblical themes and ideas. “While I have a spot of genuine fondness for the pomp and fairytale storytelling of the Holy Book, I still feel the need to question and draw sometimes unholy parallels from the text,” he said. “The good, the bad and the downright ugly rear their heads throughout, but are punctuated with elements of love, respect and tenderness.”
The frontman, who has never shied away from sociopolitical commentary, continued: “The title track offers many allusions to the radical, politically charged world of populism in leadership. As a song lyric, it sums up, for me, the divisive nature of societal relationships and the extreme views which fuel the fires of hate and prejudice, more so today, perhaps, than at any time in history.”
“The Zealot Gene” will be offered in the following formats:
Special Edition Digipak CD
Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook
Limited Deluxe 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Artbook
Both artbook editions feature a second CD of demos and initial ideas, plus extended liner notes and an interview with Ian Anderson undertaken by Tim Bowness (no-man)
The Deluxe 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Artbook comes on white vinyl and includes a 3rd LP with the rough demos. It also includes a slipmat and a numbered art print.
Pre-order now here: https://jethrotullband.lnk.to/TheZealotGene
1. Mrs. Tibbets (5:54)
2. Jacob’s Tales (2:13)
3. Mine Is The Mountain (5:40)
4. The Zealot Gene (3:54)
5. Shoshana Sleeping (3:41)
6. Sad City Sisters (3:40)
7. Barren Beth, Wild Desert John (3:37)
8. The Betrayal Of Joshua Kynde (4:06)
9. Where Did Saturday Go? (3:53)
10. Three Loves, Three (3:30)
11. In Brief Visitation (3:00)
12. The Fisherman Of Ephesus (3:41)
With more than 30 albums to their credit and sales totaling more than 50 million, Jethro Tull are one of the most successful Rock bands of all-time with a catalog that contains classics that still resonate today. Led by Ian Anderson, Tull still continue to tour throughout the world, entertaining audiences of all ages.
Read our Review of the album here: https://progrockjournal.com/review-jethro-tull-the-zealot-gene/