Crystal Castles are a Canadian electronic music duo consisting of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. They are known for their experimental and abrasive sound that blends elements of synth-pop, noise, industrial and goth. Their third studio album, simply titled III, was released in 2012 and marked a departure from their previous work.
III is a darker and more minimalist album than its predecessors, with less use of samples and more emphasis on Glass' vocals. The album was recorded entirely on analog equipment and features no computers or drum machines. Kath said that he wanted to create a \"bleak\" and \"futuristic\" sound that reflected the state of the world. Glass said that the album was inspired by her experiences of witnessing oppression and violence around the world.
The album received critical acclaim for its cohesive and atmospheric sound, as well as its lyrical themes of alienation, despair and resistance. The album cover features a photo by Samuel Aranda of a woman holding her son who was exposed to tear gas during a protest in Yemen. The photo won the 2011 World Press Photo award and was chosen by Kath as a symbol of the album's message.
The album spawned four singles: \"Plague\", \"Wrath of God\", \"Affection\" and \"Sad Eyes\". The first three singles were released for free download on the band's SoundCloud page, while the fourth one was released exclusively on iTunes. The album also features a hidden track called \"Child I Will Hurt You\", which is a haunting ballad that closes the album.
III is widely regarded as one of Crystal Castles' best albums and one of the most influential electronic albums of the 2010s. It is also the last album to feature Glass as the vocalist, as she left the band in 2014 due to personal and professional differences with Kath. Kath continued to produce music under the name Crystal Castles with a new singer named Edith Frances, while Glass pursued a solo career.
If you are interested in listening to III, you can download it from various online platforms such as Bandcamp[^1^], iTunes or Spotify. You can also find a zip file of the album on some websites such as Reddit[^4^], but be careful of potential viruses or malware.
One of the most distinctive features of III is the absence of any samples, which were heavily used on the band's previous albums. Kath said that he wanted to avoid using samples because they were \\\"too recognizable\\\" and \\\"too familiar\\\". He also said that he wanted to challenge himself by creating everything from scratch.  Instead of samples, Kath used various analog synthesizers, keyboards and pedals to create a diverse and original sound.  He also experimented with different recording techniques, such as using a microphone inside a piano or a guitar amp. 
Glass' vocals are also more prominent and varied on III than on previous albums. She said that she wanted to express more emotions and convey more messages with her voice. She also said that she was influenced by singers such as Siouxsie Sioux , PJ Harvey and Robert Smith .  Glass sang in different languages, such as French on \\\"Affection\\\" and \\\"Child I Will Hurt You\\\", and Spanish on \\\"Mercenary\\\". She also used different vocal effects, such as distortion, reverb and delay. 
The lyrics of III deal with various topics related to oppression, such as violence, corruption, abuse, religion and war. Glass said that she wrote the lyrics based on her personal experiences and observations of the world. She also said that she wanted to give a voice to the victims and the oppressed.  Some of the songs are inspired by specific events or situations, such as \\\"Plague\\\", which is about a woman who is possessed by a demon,  \\\"Kerosene\\\", which is about self-immolation as a form of protest,  \\\"Wrath of God\\\", which is about the Arab Spring ,  and \\\"Sad Eyes\\\", which is about domestic violence.  aa16f39245