English rockers, Muse released their sixth album, “The 2ndLaw” back in September as it debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album chart. The trio of Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard created a rock opera using an abundance of musical styles and sounds.
The new album begins with “Supremacy” as the band dives into crunchy heavy metal guitars and pounding drums, backed by an orchestral string section. The band states that the album’s single, “Madness” was influenced by Queen’s song “I Want To Break Free” and David Bowie’s “Scary Monsters and Super Creeps." The album’s latest single “Panic Station” gives Muse some funk mixed with English dance/pop. The band creates such a grand sound on “Survival” that you’d swear it was from a famous opera as the song became the official theme of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. The band incorporates a lot of electronics into this release as in the dance beats of “Follow Me” and “Animals.” They return to a more classic rock sound on “Big Freeze” before closing the album with the mini-conceptual pieces of “The 2nd Law.”
Muse is currently performing in Europe before hitting U.S. shores in early 2013. For more information on the band’s new album “The 2ndLaw” please visit muse.mu.