Rock giants Muse have announced Drones, their upcoming sixth album, which will drop June 8. The news arrives with a crushingly heavy non-single album cut called "Psycho," in the form of a lyric video.
The English band's artwork illustrates a move toward heavier sounds than those we saw on the already-heavy The 2nd Law. There's grungy guitars, Marilyn Manson–like whisper repetition, and, of course, loads of shredding. The song eventually breaks down for drill sergeant hollers of "I am a psycho killer." Pretty bleak, militaristic stuff.
"To me, drones are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behavior with no recourse," frontman Matt Bellamy tells the NME. "The world is run by drones utilizing drones to turn us all into drones. This album explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors."
"Dead Inside," the first official single from Drones, will arrive March 23.