“I was having these strange hallucinations of this triangular blade… I could feel it cutting into my brain..” And so began the story of one of rock’s most epic albums of all time, Muse’s ‘Origin Of Symmetry’. As they prepare to bring the album to life in full at Reading & Leeds festivals this weekend, Matt Bellamy & co have spoken exclusively to NME to tell us exactly what to expect. Expect it to be insane.

Plus, to celebrate ten years since the album’ release, we re-live the grotty orgies and mental chaos of the original ‘Origin..’ tour, as the band discovered their true calling as arena slaughtering rock gods. “Y’know when you’re a kid and you hear about the greatest summer party? This was it…”

Also in this issue, the full build up to Reading & Leeds festivals as we ask the big questions: Can Pete Doherty pull it out of his arse and save his career? Can The Strokes upstage Pulp without killing each other first? Is it possible to go three whole days without having a poo? Plus brand new interviews with Bombay Bicycle Club, Jane’s Addiction, My Chemical Romance, Best Coast, Two Door Cinema Club, Elbow and more.

In other news, Florence is back! Speaking exclusively to NME, she tells us all about her brand new track and spills the beans on her new album. It’s all about “love, death, violence and guilt,” apparently. Read the full interview inside.

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, in some kind of skinny-jeaned summit somewhere in the upstate New York wilderness, The Strokes and The Vaccines have come together as one to record some tracks. Loads of amazing pictures and the full story in the issue.

Plus Battles eat weird meat on the road, Eminem does his bit for a surprisingly good V Festival, and Enter Shikari talk robots and other shit with Peter Robinson.

It’s a good one.

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