Devonian rock superstars Muse have today (June 6th) released the first taste of their upcoming sixth studio album, in the form of a theatrical trailer featuring a new song.
Revealing the title of the new album as The 2nd Law, the trailer (below) depicts a variety of negative political events of recent years, including the increase in fuel prices and the credit crunch, showing a similarity in theme to the band’s last album The Resistance. The album is due to be released in September, with a release date of the 16th apparently confirmed, and contains a song called ‘Entropy’ which is featured as the music of the trailer. The clip shows a clear shift in style for the trio, with dubstep the main focus of the music and the rock guitars and heavy bass licks of previous releases apparently non-existent.
Reception to the trailer amongst fans has been mixed. One comment on the video praised Muse for being the only band who “can pull off an orchestral dubstep rock orgie [sic]”, while another user praised the group for presenting something which is different from “the same recycled shit that most bands produce these days”. On the other hand, a critic on YouTube explained that he was “very not impressed with this and more than a little concerned”, while another fan simply stated that “Dubstep can get the fuck away from my Muse”.
Late last year, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy asked fans on Twitter to suggest what musical direction the band should follow on their new album. With the plethora of differing responses offered, Bellamy tweeted jokingly that he would obligingly “start on Christian gangsta rap jazz odyssey, some ambient rebellious dubstep and face melting metal flamenco cowboy psychedelia”. Descriptions of the album from those close to the band have understandably been positive, with the record described as “huge” by former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows and as containing “fat beats and riffs” by My Vitriol frontman Som Wardner.
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