The album cover features an award winning photograph by Samuel Aranda.It shows a mother, Fatima al-Qaws embracining her son Zayed who is suffering from the effects of tear gas after taking part in a street demonstration against the then ruling President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana'a, Yemen in 2011.The album cover features a picture by Spanish-born Catalan photojournalist and photographer Samuel Aranda.
The message, still, is that the world is a cruel and fucked-up place.
But being doomed seldom sounded so beautiful." All Music's Heather Phares viewed III as the duo's "most serious set of songs yet" and stated, "Artistic progress is as much about subtraction as it is about addition, and on III, Crystal Castles have made room to be sad, angry, pretty, and danceable at the same time." Pitchfork Media's Ian Cohen dubbed III "the duo's most focused record", adding, "While not as immediately striking as either Crystal Castles (I or II), the streamlined sound allows more maneuverability and subtle variety in the actual songwriting."s Tim Jonze noted that "Witch House is an obvious influence [on the album], and you could question whether the former chip-tune terrorists are still as ahead of the curve as they once were.
It hardly matters when they can come up with stuff like 'Child I Will Hurt You', a dream-state lullaby that is both beautiful and unbearably sorrowful." Simon Price of The Independent stated that the album "shudders and shimmers like some massive, monstrous machine.
III (stylized as (III)) is the third studio album by Canadian electronic music duo Crystal Castles, released on November 7, 2012 by Fiction Records and Polydor Records.
Production was handled by Ethan Kath, with additional production by Jacknife Lee.
"A lot of bad things have happened to people close to me since II and it's profoundly influenced my writing as I've realized there will never be justice for them.
I didn't think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it feels like the world is a dystopia where victims don't get justice and corruption prevails", Alice Glass explained in a statement.
On July 26, 2012, Crystal Castles announced a North American tour with Health and Kontravoid in support of the album, as well as festivals appearances in Europe and Australia, starting on August 9, 2012 and ending on January 28, 2013.
III received generally positive reviews from music critics.
At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76, based on 33 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".
Louis Pattison of the NME commented that, "in toning down the shock and awe, [Crystal Castles have] revealed the beating heart at the centre of their work.