Matt Bellamy On The Metal Influence On New Muse Album

In a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Muse‘s lead singer Matt Bellamy shared his thoughts about being influenced by metal and introducing it to their ninth studio album ‘Will of the People.’

Muse released the single ‘Won’t Stand Down’ from their forthcoming album on January 13, 2022. Later, the second and third singles titled ‘Compliance’ and ‘Kill Or Be Killed’ came out. The ninth studio album ‘Will of the People’ was released on August 26. The band will also hit the road for a world tour in October 2022 to support the record.

The new album is Muse’s way of introducing heavy metal and grunge elements to their hard rock sound, and they initially dipped their toes into this when Bellamy first got introduced to Slipknot. Matt Bellamy revealed one of the songs ‘Kill Or Be Killed‘ was lyrically inspired by Paul McCartney’s favorite song, ‘Live And Let Die.’ The piece explores a dark interpretation of how life’s hardships can sometimes bring out the worst human instincts for survival.

Bellamy stated that the experience of recording ‘Will of the People’ was rather exhilarating. The band had never immersed themselves in heavy metal before. However, they realized that it was an eye-opening experience to understand the level metal players have. Bellamy also shared that his son Bing significantly influenced them to include metal in their sound. Most mornings, he would listen to Slipknot on the way to school, which inspired Bellamy to discover the genre more and introduce it to the Muse sound.

Matt Bellamy’s words about Slipknot’s metal influence on the new album:

“That was what was refreshing about it. It was nice to find something we weren’t good at, do you know what I mean, and try to get really good at it. Because of metal, it turns out these metal players are absolute geniuses.

It also coincides with a little bit of my son, Bing, who’s really gotten into like Slipknot and stuff like that. And we never pretend to be able to touch those guys, but hearing that stuff blasting on the way to school most mornings really kind of got into the album a little bit.”

You can watch the interview below.