In what could be one of the best album tease videos ever, the three British lads from Muse take just one short minute to suck us in with their ominous anthem-style choir and layered images of fossil-fueled wars and an unsustainable future. Passing the one-minute mark, tension mounts as the choir thickens. Visions of war are flashed on a old-school television. At height of the tension, the TV pulls away revealing it’s actually a robot. “Unsustained, unsustained!” sounds the robot.
In the trailer for their sixth studio album, titled The 2nd Law, Muse chooses to rile up fans by infusing a heavy dubstep beat toward the end of the video. This has fans up in arms, many of which accuse the group of trying to “popularize themselves after seeing the success of artists like Skrillex” by jumping on the dubstep bandwagon.
Other fans are quick to jump to the band’s defense siting that Muse has always been progressive, changing their sound from album to album.
Will the band actually embrace the dubstep-style beats or is this merely a one-off for the trailer? With an album now set to drop in September, the hype and debate will likely increase.