Former Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson’s next guest appearance will be on prog trio the Mute Gods’ new album Atheists and Believers, the band announced.

The lineup consists of veterans Nick Beggs, Roger King and Marco Minnemann, who, between them, have experience of working with Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett, Joe Satriani, John Paul Jones and many others.

The 10-track Atheists and Believers is the Mute Gods’ third album and follows 2017’s Tardigrades Will Inherit the Earth. While the band didn’t confirm which track or tracks Lifeson will be heard on, they did reveal a release date of March 22 on InsideOut Records, and that Beggs’ lyrics deal with “the state of the world as we know it now” with subjects including “politics, humanity and love.”

“The album’s key message is that we now empower stupid people and don’t listen to educated, informed experts anymore because truth is no longer fashionable,” the bassist and vocalist said.

Drummer Minnemann said in November that some kind of collaboration had taken place. “Working on a new collaborative release together with Rush’s Alex Lifeson," he noted. "Watch this space for more details to follow soon.” It’s not clear if the Mute Gods album is the release he was discussing.

Last year, Lifeson accepted that Rush were “basically done” following the retirement of drummer Neil Peart, and while the possibility of a future collaboration with frontman Geddy Lee remains on the table, the guitarist has happily involved himself in a series of guest appearances with other artists.

“I get these requests to do guitar work with other people,” he said. “It's really a lot of fun for me. It's low pressure. I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box, which is really attractive to me."

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