(ANSA) - ROME, MARCH 21 - "Memento mori", remember that you must die.
But at the same time, remember to live, to rejoice, to enjoy what you have.
Depeche Mode are back on March 24, six years after Spirit released in 2017, with the album, produced by James Ford and with the production added by Marta Salogni, which borrows the Latin quotation and the dark atmospheres that the phrase suggests to explore different facets .
The first unreleased album (Columbia Records/Sony Music), followed by the first tour, which sees Dave Gahan and Martin Gore without Andy "Fletch" Fletcher, who for 40 years has been an integral part of the band and of the life of the two artists, who died suddenly in last May.
When, twists of fate, the album title had already been decided.
And it has thus taken on an even more powerful and incisive meaning.
As well as the twelve tracks that compose it, born for the most part during the first phases of the Covid-19 pandemic, for which some themes treated within it were directly inspired by that period: from the gloomy opening to the final closure, the songs range from themes such as paranoia and obsession to then arrive at catharsis and joy, with all the infinite facets that exist in between.
"For me it was one of the most difficult albums we've ever made - Gahan told NME -. Remember that you must die is an exhortation to make the most of life".
The release of the album will be followed by a world tour, Depeche Mode's first in more than five years and the nineteenth overall, which will begin in March and arrive in Italy with three dates: July 12 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, July 14 at the San Siro stadium in Milan and on 16 July at the dall'Ara stadium in Bologna.