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Muse on Skrillex: "It's soheavy... We took inspiration"

“We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October. We went, ‘Fuck, it’s so heavy,’ loved it. I was like a full metal gig, they had circles of death, people were moshing, I hadn’t seen a reaction like that to electronic music before. We took inspiration…”

Muse turned a few heads last month when they released a trailer for their upcoming The 2nd Law album, hinting they’d be dabbling in dubstep. In an interview with NME this week, drummer Dom Howard revealed the band was indeed inspired by the righteous lord of brostep himself, Skrillex. The band’s comments also shed light on just how much U.S. dubstep has tapped into the energy of hard rock and heavy metal; it might be light years away from the UK soundsystem origins of the sound, but it’s been a source of inspiration nonetheless.

Singer Matt Bellamy had even more to add. “Some of that hard dubstep and brostep coming from America, is capturing the imagination. The moshpit has moved from guitars and gone towards the laptop, so with that song we’re trying to see if we can challenge the laptop. We created something that was dubsteppy but we wanted to see if we could do it with real instruments. We wanted to ask, ‘Can rock bands compete with what these guys are doing?’”

You can make up your own mind as to whether they’ve pulled it off when The 2nd Law drops on September 17. Meanwhile, Muse are destined to be in your face plenty over the coming weeks, as their song Survival has been chosen as the official track for the London 2012 Olympics. It’s the most bombastic Muse song ever, and that’s saying something.


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Quicky said on the 27th Jul, 2012

I'm more intrigued now that they've shed some light on it.


shazie said on the 27th Jul, 2012

Hey quicky, from a random photo of them recording I believe Matt is using a kitara ( mentioned it in a couple threads). It's basically like a big version of the kaoss pad on a lot of his guitars and I think that's what he means by trying to make it a live sound.


viktorwiener said on the 27th Jul, 2012

I've been to a couple of metal gigs before, and I'm just wondering what's a circle of death is!? ;-)


liam10 said on the 29th Jul, 2012

it's going to be interesting. i think because they are such a huge band there is more emphasis on them doing something that seems more experimental. enter shikari have been doing this type of thing for a while now, as well as many others - they just spring to mind.


Victim said on the 30th Jul, 2012

Here's the cover for The 2nd Law...



The tracklisting for those that missed that from another thread is...



Panic Station



Follow Me



Big Freeze

Save Me

Liquid State

The 2nd Law: Unsustainable

The 2nd Law: Isolated System


berlinchair101 said on the 30th Jul, 2012

Everything they do is shit.


luxembourgerqueen said on the 31st Jul, 2012

What is hell is that album cover meant to be?


01seb said on the 31st Jul, 2012



sarcasm_mister said on the 31st Jul, 2012