Muse debut new song Madness, first official single from album, The 2nd Law

Madness, despite its title, finds Matthew Bellamy in a mellow mood
Madness, despite its title, finds Matthew Bellamy in a mellow mood (Image credit: Paul R. Giunta/Corbis)

Last week, we got a full-song taste of the upcoming Muse album, The 2nd Law, with the high-octane dubstep track, Unsustainable.

Today, however, comes the first "official" single, Madness, which cools things down considerably. Over a hypnotic, wobbly bassline, guitarist Matthew Bellamy croons. It's a stark contrast to the positively unhinged electronic bonanza of Unsustainable, and a clear indication that The 2nd Law will be a varied affair.

"We are defined by the fact that we can't be defined by anybody," Bellamy told Rolling Stone recently.

The 2nd Law, the follow-up to Muse's 2009 album, The Resistance, will be issued 2 October.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.