hmv.com presents... Albums Of 2015: #22 Muse
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Adele…). Today we anticipate the return of Muse, just what will they come back with after The 2nd Law?
A little background…
Muse come into the recording of album number seven at an interesting point in their career. The Devon trio have an absolutely devoted fanbase, can still fill stadiums and headline festivals across the world, but, it’s fair to say, that neither of their two most recent records have lived up to the power, poise and ambition of their older material.
The band’s search for new adventures to explore has led them to try lots of different sounds, experimenting with more strings, more electronics and bringing in dubstep drops and proggy tropes, yet, on each and every album, it’s been the guitar-driven moments that are still the best cuts.
But, excitingly, the band entered the studio in the latter part of 2014 and it sounds like they’ve decided to become a full-on rock band again…
What It's Called?
No idea. Something suitably wacky no doubt.
What Will It Sound Like?
Normally, the only appropriate way to complete this section would be to say ‘It’s really anyone’s guess’, but there are actually a few clues this time.
The most telling of these are their choice of producer (read more about that below) and their choice of festivals next summer. Rather than booking their own stadium shows or headlining a more general festival, the trio have chosen Download Festival, the UK’s leading metal and rock mud bath, as well as festivals all over Europe where the biggest names in rock and metal always top the bill. Both of these suggest that this is going to be a rock record, and quite a heavy one at that.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange, the man who sat behind the controls on AC/DC’s Back In Black and Def Leppard’s Hysteria, two of the biggest-selling rock albums of all time. If you want a big, bombastic rock record, he’s who you call.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Seems pretty likely. They’re booked for so many festivals that they must have something to flog, so an April or May release would seem likely.