The 2nd Law

The forthcoming new album from Muse entitled ‘The 2nd Law’ will be release in October 1st and yet, to entice the fans including myself, the Teignmouth-based band has unveiled some small details on the album.

As you can see in this post here, the new album cover looks very abstract and dramatic. The meaning behind the image is the rule of energy transfers hence the ‘Second law of thermodynamics’ in the album title.

The band entered the studio to begin recording their sixth studio album back in September 2011 and in an interview with Billboard on 18 October 2011, the band’s manager Anthony Addis revealed that Muse had begun recording their sixth album in London and that he expected it to be released by October 2012.

Matthew Bellamy jokingly described the album as a “Christian gangsta rap jazz odyssey, with some ambient rebellious dubstep and face melting metal flamenco cowboy psychedelic” on his Twitter account.

In an interview with Kerrang! on 14 December 2011, Christopher Wolstenholme stated that the next Muse album would be “something radically different” from their prior releases. He also said that it felt as if the band were “drawing a line under a certain period” of their career with their sixth album.

It was revealed via Muse’s publicist Tom Kirk on his Twitter account that composer David Campbell who had worked with acts such as Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck and Adele was helping Matthew Bellamy compose the album.

In an interview in the April 2012 issue of NME, Bellamy said that the band were set to include elements of electronic music, with influences coming from acts such as French house duo Justice and UK electronic rock group Does It Offend You, Yeah?, as well as the inclusion of brass players.

On the first week of June, the band’s official website released a trailer on their next album, The 2nd Law, with a countdown on the suggested release date.

The YouTube trailer – which can be seen below – includes some dubstep elements, was met with mixed reactions from fans including myself. It seems out of place against the band’s previous music style many thought but it will be interesting how the final album will sound.

As for the first track ‘Survival’, the official song of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Matthew Bellamy noted as an “expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win.” It certainly sounds grand and self-importance especially for the sporting athletics determined to succeed in this YouTube video clip featuring a sporting montage.

And with the latest news announcement about the first single ‘Madness‘ on the band’s official website, I am looking forward to hearing the new album and seeing Muse performing live at Manchester’s MEN Arena later this year.

Roll on October 1st for The 2nd Law!

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