As bad as Muse’s new dubstep-influenced “Unsustainable” was, I’ll give them credit for not making it the official first single of their new album, The 2nd Law. It turns out that “Madness” is the official first single, and it’s loads better.
There’s a lot less noise going on, for sure. It’s paced out allowing Matt to display some vocals over a slow timed out beat. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s a hell of a lot better than I expected after hearing “Unsustainable”. It still has bombastic elements towards the end, but in a much different way.
The 2nd Law is due out October 1 via their own label, Helium 3.
By Will Oliver, August 13th 2012 — with 2 comments
“Unsustainable” is the first new single from Muse’s upcoming new album The 2nd Law. And yes, Muse lived up to their promise of venturing into a dubstep direction.
I’ll preface this post with some details of my history with this band. When I was younger and just started finding music on my own, Muse was a band I really enjoyed. Slowly my tastes evolved and I became a very casual listener of the band. As of late, the band’s quality has dropped tremendously, but this just takes the cake. “Unsustainable” is hardly listenable, if even creative. This band has strayed so far from their origins, it’s hard to even think of them as the band that wrote songs like “Unintended” and “Plug In Baby”.
All that aside, this song just takes everything that the band have been hinting at and just rolls it into one horrendous ball. It starts off with a dramatic intro with a newscaster talking over it, making it even more dramatic. Then it all “drops” even lower to a dub-step like breakdown that is just embarrassing. Fans may defend that Matt is just using guitar effects to create this sound, but even the band themselves admitted they are interested in a dubstep sound, citing sir Skrillex as a direct influence. Yikes.
I once really enjoyed Muse, but I have no interest in them at this point if this is what they want to do now. This is really disappointing. What the hell has happened to this band.
Muse’s new song “Survival” has been crowned as the official song of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The song was written by the band with the Olympics in mind. Matt Bellamy had this to say about the song:
It’s a huge honor to have the track chosen as such a major part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. I wrote it with the Games in mind as it expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win.
It’s very much a Muse song, with some Queen inspiration for sure. It’s big, bombastic, with futuristic guitar riffs of epic notions, and of course a dramatic choir. Where was this song when The Hunger Games came out???
One can assume it may appear on their new album The 2nd Law. If so, it looks like Muse are dub-step free..for now.
Muse have announced that they have a new album due in September called The 2nd Law. Today the band released an album trailer that starts off with a classical sounding piece, which what then transforms into their own version of dubstep. Yes, dubstep.
Their last album did nothing for me, and if this is the direction that they’re heading in, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is more than concerned. They have been known to be jokesters in the past, but I don’t know about this. I truly hope so…
“Museum Day” is the first track for s / s / s the google search-friendly band that consists of Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux and Serengeti. It features Sufjan singing in a r&b flavored tone, rap verses, and tons of heavenly sounds. Fans of Sufjan’s Age Of Adz album should expect to fall in love here.
“Museum Day” will appear on an EP that the band is releasing titled Beak & Claw. It’s out March 20 via Anticon.
A few days ago my buddy Rogo posted a new Muse song called “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)”. It was an exclusive single that the band gave away to the Twilight: Eclipse movie. I strangely didn’t care to check it out until now. I used to be a pretty big fan of Muse, but ever since the release of The Resistance it seems as though I am not as crazy about them as I used to be That isn’t to say that I don’t still listen to Muse. But I admit, I don’t revisit them as much as I used to. Times change, people change, tastes change. I am certainly not the same person I was when Absolution came out in 2003, or even the 16 year old when Black Holes & Revelations came out. Muse will always find a way back into my speakers.
I finally checked out “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)”, and I gotta say, it ain’t half bad. Bombastic and dramatic, but would you expect any less from Muse? It’s a fun song, and it helps to take the mind off things every once and a while.
By Will Oliver, February 15th 2010 — with 8 comments
“Unintended” may just be the best Muse song that no one knows. This is from their 1999 debut album, Showbiz. A beautiful ballad that I saw them play for the first time ever in America, during their massive MSG gig.
It always puts me in a good place. Matt’s young vocals sound so sincere. In “Unintended”, he sings about his recent submission into a new love, when he is just recovering from the loss of another. It may be my personal favorite song from Muse, and I wanted to share it with you guys.
Most people who know Muse are oblivious to this songs existence, and that’s a damn shame. A crying shame.
By Will Oliver, January 23rd 2010 — with 9 comments
I am driving back up to Binghamton University in a few hours, so I don’t have too much time to post today! I recently re-discovered one of my favorite Muse songs, a b-side called “Crying Shame”. It is one of the best Muse songs in my opinion and I think it should be discovered by a much wider audience!
The song is very Muse. Edgy guitars, fun bombastic vocals, and a grand chorus. I love this song and wish it was placed on an album, but I guess it didn’t fit on any of their albums.
By Will Oliver, September 11th 2009 — with 4 comments
Muse always please find ways to rock my speakers. They don’t just rock, they rock in a grand fashion! A great new example of this epicness is Unnatural Selection. It is off their upcoming new album The Resistance, and I think you should hear it.
This song has everything that I love in Muse summed up in about 7 minutes of epic, dramatic, space-opera, apocalyptic, rock and roll. The guitar riff’s in Unnatural Selection are just a rockin’ good time. It wouldn’t be out of place on Origin Of Symmetry.
The song just builds and builds over the nasty guitar riff. The chorus is big and cheesy, but that is why we love it. This song displays all the best qualities of Muse. Have fun listening to it, and rock out. This song must be absolutely fantastic live!!!
By Will Oliver, September 7th 2009 — with 2 comments
Another new Muse track from The Resistance has leaked. It’s called “Undisclosed Desires”. It is both very familiar to Muse’s old sound, but also very different. It sounds very futuristic and danceable. They have some cool vocals and strings that give it a unique sound.
Not blown away but it’s enjoyable enough. Muse always make fun music that you can always put on, and I guess at the end of the day that’s all that matters.