British power trio Muse has revealed that its sixth studio album will be called The 2nd Law. The group posted a teaser trailer for the disc at its website, along with a countdown clock ticking down to September 17th, the record's likely release date. The word "Entropy" also appears alongside the teaser on the site, hinting at what could possibly be the title of the album's first single.
The short clip of music in the teaser, from the song "Unsustainable," seems to indicate that Muse is incorporating a dubstep influence into its sound. The heavily bass-oriented style of electronic dance music has been increasingly popular among rock acts. Korn collaborated with dubstep artists for every track on last year's The Path Of Totality.
Bassist Chris Wolstenholme told us that Muse continually likes to challenge itself musically: "I think every band on the planet has their comfort zone and a lot of people prefer to stay in that, but I think we're one of the bands that actually like going outside of it. You know, there's nothing more pleasing than making a piece of music that is really, really challenging, and almost something that you feel like you couldn't have done, you know. 'Cause when you've actually achieved that, it's like, wow, you know, it's almost like learning to play instruments again for the first time."
Wolstenholme told NME earlier in the year that the band felt it was time to do something "radically different" with its music.
According to MTV News, fans seeing the teaser and hearing the dubstep influence have had mixed reactions, with comments ranging from "Muse ... Dubstep ... WTF" to "Muse Dubstep? It'll be awesome because it's Muse."
Muse also announced via Twitter a few months back that it was incorporating both a horn section and string ensemble into the new disc, with arrangements by composer David Campbell, who is also the father of alternative artist Beck.