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Muse Back For Redemption With 2nd Law

By Jack O’Toole

After the failure of Muse’s 2009 album ‘Resistance’ Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard are back for redemption. With the publicity from the Olympics and the sheer amount of times when ‘survival’ was played during the weeks of the event Muse couldn’t afford to slip up with this album. With pressure from fans and from Coldplay front man Chris Martin who claimed that ‘Madness’ was the best song Muse had ever written, Muse could have buckled with the pressure but all in all they have delivered an album that they can surely be proud of.

The diversity of the tracks on this album is quite refreshing from the blandness and 2 dimensional nature of today’s chart topping artists. Each song is as diverse as the next, with a mix of techno, rock and Bellamy’s signature piano playing ringing out to the masses. Everything about this album is new, thought over, and delivered with Muse’s usual sense of awe and pageantry.

The album is opened with ‘Supremacy’ which is a typical Muse song with its blend of heavy bass, larger than life drumming and dramatic orchestral accompaniment. ‘Madness’ and ‘Survival’ are clearly the two tracks that will stand out to those fans who want an anthem to play over and over, but the album has many other gem’s including ‘Big Freeze’ who’s U2-esque guitar rift in certainly reminiscent of the Edge’s legendary style and sound. ‘Liquid State’ is also a gem for those fans who appreciate it when Muse get heavy and mean. The opening is reminiscent of heavy metal in particular Metallica. The arrangement of this album is excellent with opening of ‘unsustainable’ the piece to look out for those who are of a classical musical background as an example of the blend of rock and the orchestra.

This album certainly delivers on the promises that ‘resistance’ failed to. However with this album Muse has certainly reminded us of their talent for great rock songs and great music. Muse have never been one to fit the mold of whatever’s popular in today’s music and their fans relish in this as they are truly always the ‘alternative’ option. This album is a revelation for Muse who after the self-doubt that must have been strife while making this album has delivered one of the albums of the year and one of the group’s best albums to date.

Tracks to download: ‘Supremacy’, ‘Survival’,‘Madness’, ‘Big Freeze’, ‘Supremacy’, ‘Unsustainable’

 

1. Supremacy

2. Madness

3. Panic Station

4. Prelude

5. Survival

6. Follow Me

7. Animals

8. Explorers

9. Big Freeze

10. Save Me

11. Liquid State

12. Unsustainable

13. Isolated System

Gaming Daily: June 27th 2012

Welcome again to Gaming Daily, a journey through the daily happenings in your favourite industry. Let’s just jump straight in.

Halo 4: New Details Emerge

Given the E3 was only 3 weeks ago, it’s funny that there should be anything major revealed about Microsoft’s flagship franchise that wasn’t revealed at the industry’s main get together, but details are spreading on the new entry into the Halo universe from the Microsoft ExpertZone, their online guide for retail employees to brush up on their knowledge. Highlights on the new information revealed include:

  • For the first time, Master Chief will have a true nemesis.
  • The game includes 10 new weapons as well as 2 new vehicle types
  • 10 multiplayer maps to play in multiplayer, with confirmation of more via DLC
  • Spartan Ops mode will feature 5 new missions a week, spread over 10 weeks for season 1, lasting up to 12 hours, and is completely free

There’s a fair amount to digest, so to see full screen captures, visit the Little English Blog which broke the story.

Kaz Hirai Steps Down from SCE Board

Kaz Hirai, the man who helped rebuild the Playstation brand after taking over as chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment, moved further away from the video game division today as he stepped down as chairman of the SCE Board. Hirai was appointed CEO of Sony in April, and this is seen as allowing him to focus more on reviving the fortunes of Sony’s TV and Mobile Phone divisions. Hirai will continue on as a part time board member of SCE.

Sony: No “Definitive Plans” on Resistance future

Following on from the lukewarmly received Resistance: Burning Skies on the Playstation Vita, Sony was remaining coy on the future of it’s first person shooter franchise. Danier Brooke, producer at sony is quoted as saying “The Resistance franchise has been exciting to work on, but as for the future we have no definitive plans”. That’s not to say that there won’t be another game in the series. Insomniac Games may not be working on the franchise any more, as development duties for the latest Vita incarnation fell to Nihilistic, but Sony still owns the rights to the universe, and after spending so long developing the lore, they probably aren’t ready to throw it away just yet.

Mass Effect 3 Future DLC contained in “Extended Cut” files?

We reported yesterday that Bioware finally released its much anticipated “Extended Cut” Mass Effect 3 ending DLC to the masses, and it looks like some eagle eyed gamers spotted some hints at possible upcoming DLC within its contents. Tentatively referred to as “Leviathan”, the story is said to focus on a Reaper of the same name. Bioware executives even got in on the act, taking to social networks to tease fans about the possibility of upcoming DLC. Mike Gamble is quoted on twitter as saying “As I’ve said before, we do this for you! EC was our gift to the fans. Hope you enjoyed. Also… keep your ears open over the next little while”.

Camilla Luddington is the new Lara Croft

Finally today, Square Enix revealed the actress set to take on the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. Camilla Luddington is most well known for roles in True Blood and Californication as well as decidedly dodgy Will and Kate TV movie. Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics spoke of the appointment: This has been one of the most important jobs for us to get right. This Tomb Raider game is very different to any other and we are demanding far more from the voice and performance acting than ever before as we take the franchise in a new direction.’

Which brings us to the end of another Gaming Daily. Remember, any and all feedback is appreciated, either via the comments below, or on twitter @michael_ormonde.