In a video posted online, Muse has announced that their sixth studio album will be released later this year. The question on everyone's mind at the moment though, is has the band gone dubstep? As NME notes, the video trailer for the record, which appears to be titled "The 2nd Law", begins with a classical piece in the style of the band's own "Butterflies And Hurricanes". Things take an unexpected turn at the 1.30 mark, however, when the track drops into full on dubstep.
Based on the content of the video, "The 2nd Law" appears to be a concept album. "The 2nd Law" is a reference to the second law of thermodynamics, which is the study of the transfer of energy. A series of cryptic tweets from Matt Bellamy have reflected this:
"All natural and technological processes proceed in such a way that the availability of the remaining energy decreases. In all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves an isolated system, the entropy of that system incre,cre,cre,cre,c,c,creases."
"Energy continuously flows from being concentrated, to becoming dispersed, spread out, wasted and useless. New energy cannot be created and high grade energy is being destroyed. An economy based on endless growth is..."
Reaction to the new video has been mixed. The folks at Antiquiet, for example, were none-to-impressed:
"Both feet, meet sh-tty bandwagon we'll all be laughing shamefully at in a decade. When Muse released the too-orchestral, too-overblown 'The Resistance' in 2009, it was hard to see where the band could go from there. As the trailer for their new album 'The 2nd Law' clearly shows, they're going in two directions: first, more orchestra; second, dubstep."
A countdown to the album's release has appeared on the frontpage of the band's website.
Whether you're psyched or shocked by Muse's dubstep turn, let us know in the comments.