Muse‘s upcoming album Drones features something the band hasn’t done before — a sequel. A track called “The Globalist” is a follow-up to an early Muse number called “Citizen United,” which appeared on the band’s second album, 2001’s Origin Of Symmetry and is considered one of the trio’s greatest songs by longtime fans.
Frontman Matt Bellamy explained on BBC Radio One, “A lot of fans keep tweeting, asking what song is the sequel to ‘Citizen Erased’ — it’s a song called ‘The Globalist’ which is basically a narrative within itself about the rise and fall of a dictator, the end of the world, World War Three and all the good stuff I like,”
Bellamy called “The Globalist” a “crazy, 10-minute prog nightmare.”
He also confirmed that the album, Muse’s seventh, is conceptual in nature, with the title a reference to both military hardware and human beings cowed into obeying orders.
Muse issued “Dead Inside” last week as the official first single from Drones, due out June 9th.
Drones will follow up 2012’s The 2nd Law, which featured the chart-topping “Madness” and the Number Two single “Panic Station.”