|The Modern Synthesis Album Art|
|Released||July 1, 2016|
|Label||Area 11/Smihilism Records|
Modern Synthesis is the second full album released by Area 11. It is generally heavier than their previous music, and has a large focus on the themes of War and Evolution. As with ATLITS, the number of tracks is 11.
|Song||Main Composer(s)||Main Lyricist(s)|
|Override [C]||Sparkles*||Kogie (+ Sparkles*)|
|The Contract||Sparkles*||Sparkles* (+ Kogie)|
|Processor||Sparkles*||Sparkles* (+ Kogie)|
|Red Queen||Kogie (+ band)||Kogie|
|The Life of a Ghost||Leo||Leo (+ Sparkles* and Kogie)|
|After the Flags||Kogie (+ Sparkles*)||Kogie (+ Sparkles*)|
|Panacea and the Prelogue||Kogie, Sparkles*, Leo||Kogie (+ Sparkles*)|
A cryptic tweet was released on April 18th 2015, which said "And as millennia passed, the two groups pursued their own desires in relative seclusion, both wanting to bring knowledge into the Heavens." In addition, what appears to be a countdown is also being released on Twitter, after which Area 11 announced the dates for the San Tour in July 2015, and put on sale items and merchandise related to their new album.
A press release on April 29, 2015 on the band's website included lots of words that relate to some of the key themes found on Digital Haunt, as well as similarities to some of the band's lyrics. Here are some extracts:
"to create music which stood as a unique pillar in the ever homogenising house of rock and roll. It also came from a place of freedom."
"fighting hard against the pressures to give up on our ambitions"
"NOW WE FLY."They accompanied this press release with a YouTube video (See below) that talked about the album, which was only known by the placeholder name "Album ii". On the San Tour, the band debuted their new song Versus. Later, on the Versus Winter Tour, the band debuted two new songs at their Brighton show, what was later revealed to be Watchmaker and one called The Contract.
On May 1, 2016, some preorder packages for the album were pulled from the store. Over the course of the next 5 days, 5 short videos were posted to the band's various media outlets. Each contained a distorting image which ended on the view of a number, that decreased with each iteration as a countdown. Each video also contained a different segment of an unreleased track, later revealed to be Override [C]. At the end of the countdown, on May 6, Watchmaker was released and the album name and track listing was revealed.
- On the 7/7/16 livestream, Parv and Kogie stated that the album contains many references to Digital Haunt, but refused to say any more on the matter.
- Parv stated that demos will probably be released, and tabs could possibly be released.
- Many demos did not make it to the final album, such as a long instrumental written by Parv. Sparkles* has said this and others may be used in the future.
- The disk contains Override [B] as a hidden track.
This video was a short preview of Processor before its release.