Muse Finally Release Their Much-Anticipated Dubstep Track, The 2nd Law: Unsustainable

Posted: August 10, 2012 in New Releases, News Updates, Reviews

Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band from Devon County, England, Muse, known for smash albums like Absolution, Black Holes & Revelations and The Resistance, are one of those bands that really get the music world’s blood pumping just before they drop a new album. The Strokes’ Angels, The Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ I’m With You had similar effects on the rock community. So in the spirit of teasing us fans, Muse has dropped two singles in the past few months, from their upcoming album, The 2nd Law, which is set for release on October 1, 2012. The first single “Survival,” the official song of the 2012 Olympics on June 27, 2012 rides a piano groove with intense twinges of a full orchestra.

The most recent release, “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable,” (listen above) which was featured in the first teaser trailer for Muse’s The 2nd Law is a little more intriguing. It begins with a fast paced classically orchestrated string section track that is periodically interrupted by massive operatic vocals. A female voiceover then squeaks out of the speakers, glitching now and then, discussing unsustainability of human lifestyles with references to Newton’s 2nd Law of Physics, hence the record’s title. About halfway into the track, the operatic classical music stops and heavy electronic dubstep beats clearly played on instruments by Muse take over the song. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of the new direction Muse has taken as I haven’t heard the album yet, seeing as it is unreleased, and the two singles that have been released are somewhat different in style, other than the fact that the band is clearly pushing itself to seem “epic” in stature and sound, thus the album will probably be rich with many styles and genres. It would be nice to see Muse release some work that is more focused on being a raunchy rock tune, like some of their most fantastic tracks such as “Stockholm Syndrome” and “Knights of Cydonia.” Nonetheless, if you are looking for solid pump-up or workout songs, look no further than “Suvival” and “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable.” It is best to remain open-minded, especially since singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy, bassist Christopher Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard have certainly achieved their goal of creating truly epic songs for The 2nd Law thus far.

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