Dubsteb is new metal say Muse
Challenge: Bellamy wanted to replicate electronic music using traditional instruments
Muse recorded a dubsteb track – and maybe two – for upcoming album The 2nd Law after seeing leading light Skrillex perform a live show.
And they say the experience proved to them that dubsteb is the new heavy metal.
Skrillex previously turned Korn onto the possibilities of the genre, resulting in their album The Path of Totality – although they say their next release will go back to their analogue roots.
Meanwhile, Muse have followed them down the experimental path, which they’ll reveal in The 2nd Law: Unsustainable, the penultimate track on their next record.
Frontman Matt Bellamy tells NME: “That stuff is capturing the imagination. The moshpit has moved from guitars and gone towards the laptop. With the song we’re trying to see if we can challenge the laptop.
“We created something that’s 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?’”
Drummer Dom Howard reports: “We went to see Skrillex and we went, ‘Fuck, it’s so heavy!’ It 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 and came up with The 2nd Law: Unsustainable.”
The band add that fans can expect a “jazzy brass number” and some “quite minimal” songs too.
The 13-track album is due out on September 17. Tracklisting:Supremacy; Madness; Panic Station; Prelude; Survival; Follow Me; Animals; Explorers; Big Freeze; Save Me; Liquid State; The 2nd Law: Unsustainable; The 2nd Law: Isolated System