Seven albums in, and the arena-ready Muse have got something to say: Human beings have been reduced to impassive weapons of war, and end time could be imminent. But Matt Bellamy’s no less inclined to rise up, and his reverberant voice, which could fittingly compete with cannonades, leads the revolt.
While Drones looks back to Muse’s simpler, guitar-and drum-charged work, it still commands as powerfully as 2012’s The 2nd Law, a dubstep-heavy experiment that doesn’t allow for extra breaths. Armed with the malevolent “Psycho” and “Reapers,” a supercharged audio-buzz saw, the LP argues that—while humans may be inching toward extinction—rock isn’t facing the same danger. — Matthew Donnelly