The 2nd Law: Isolated System
Map of the Problematique
Supermassive Black Hole
Panic Station – (Star-Spangled Banner intro)
Knights of Cydonia -(Man with a Harmonica intro)
United States of Eurasia – (Butterflies & Hurricanes tease)
Time Is Running Out – (House of the Rising Sun intro)
Stockholm Syndrome – (Yes Please outro)
The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
Uprising – (Rage Against the Machine’s Freedom outro)
Survival – (Dedicated to the Marathon Runners)
The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
Panic Station/The Star Spangled Banner
Knights of Cydonia
I have been digesting for the past week The 2nd Law and I finally feel that I can chime on on my option of what Muse have done here. But what I really am having a hard time with is the general hatred/douchebaggery from all hipster publications that think Muse should just die already because they made something popular. Fuck off. It has nothing to do with the songs or the album in general. Example: If Hipster-approved Bon Iver decided to make a dubstep album, he would be hailed by the Pitchfork’s of the world as “genre-shaping” and “expanding his sound”. When Muse does it, you might as well just piss on the album because it belongs in the toilet bowl along with the rest of their catalog. I just don’t get it. You know what Muse is going in: A gigantic band that lives and dies on huge choruses and poppy hooks. So why all the hatred now? This is not new stuff.
From the first notes of “Supremacy”, you know this album is going to be huge. No big surprise there. In fact, there are no big surprises here at all, with the exception of the EDM-ness of “Madness” and The Inxs fuled/Thriller rip off “Panic Station”. At the end of the day, Muse are a prog-rock band first and foremost, and do not apologize for it. Why people are trashing this record is beyond me, as Muse have been doing this for almost 15 years now. If they are so bad now, why didn’t you say that they sucked years ago?
Let me be clear: This is not Muse’s best record. That honor goes to Origin of Symmetry. However, it is on par with The Resistance and Black Holes and Revelations. They are just doing what they do: Being a gigantic band that plays gigantic songs. It is a prerequisite to see Muse live before you make any ridiculous statements that they suck. Hear that Pitchfork?
Essential Tracks: “Panic Station”, “Animals”, “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable”
Muse drops another track today from their highly anticipated new album The 2nd Law. “Madness” incorporates the dub step theme they are on, and we also get to hear Matt Bellamy shread his gutar per usual. Check it out here
The 2nd Law drops on October 2nd.
UPDATE: They pulled the first link, so now listen to “Madness” here
Muse’s mission to destroy all others via their music continues with another track off of their forthcoming album The 2nd Law. “Unsustainable” is straight dub step, straight awesomeness, and all other bands take notice: Muse is back. The 2nd Law DROPS (literally) in October.
If you haven’t heard of MUSE yet, you will (and really, if you haven’t, you should be tarred and feathered, because they are one of the greatest live bands out there right now).
The hard-rocking three-man English rock band has written an inspiring ditty that is serving as the official song of the 2012 London Olympics. And in true MUSE fashion, it’s big, it’s loud and it’ll blow your speakers apart.
Another one of the greatest live bands out there right now (DDR went to see them this past summer at the Paradise rock club in Boston), Elbow, has penned music to promote the Olympics. And if you haven’t heard this music already, you are obviously spending more time with your pet rock than you are as a contributing member of society.
The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics kick off tomorrow. Bravo to the Olympics planning committee for putting a modern spin (no offense Paul McCartney, but you’ve had your day in the sun–times ten) on the games. Let’s hope the U.S. follows suit and decides to honor real, hard-working, innovative bands if something of this caliber comes stateside (Frank Ocean, perhaps?). Maybe, just maybe, he could perform at Justin Bieber’s retirement party–wouldn’t THAT be an Olympic even in itself?
I don’t really care about the Olympics, but I’ll watch these year if only to hear Muse’s “Survival” about 6,000 times. Check it out below, and play it LOUD: