August 15, 2012 12:06

Muse reveal 'The Dark Knight Rises' composer Hans Zimmer is a key influence on 'The 2nd Law'

Matt Bellamy also reveals that he 'would love to do a film soundtrack'

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Muse have spoken about their new album 'The 2nd Law' and have revealed that Hans Zimmer, the composer of The Dark Knight Rises has been a big influence on the record.

'The 2nd Law' is due to be released on October 1 in the UK and October 2 in the US and includes recent single 'Survival' and dubstep-influenced track 'Unsustainable', which you can hear at the bottom of the page.

Speaking to Classic Rock, singer Matt Bellamy responded to a question about whether he considered 'The 2nd Law' to be very cinematic by saying that he did and that film soundtracks had always been a big influence on the band.

He said of this: "I've always been very influenced by and interested in film music, growing up watching Stephen Spielberg films or John Williams' stuff. And I've always been a big fan of Hans Zimmer."

He continued: "He's the greatest film composer of recent times. That song 'The 2nd Law', you can definitely hear some Hans Zimmer influence."

Then asked if he'd be interested in doing a soundtrack of his own, Bellamy said: "Making a film soundtrack is probably harder than making an album. It takes a lot of work, a lot of time. And it's something I'd like to do one day. But we need to take a longer break to do that."

Bellamy also reiterated his opinion that the band's new album is "very diverse", saying of this: "It's a very diverse album. And every song has been produced very specifically and differently to whatever is best for the song. I think it's definitely our most diverse album."

The singer also said that the band would be undertaking "outdoor shows" next summer, but did not say whether they would be festival appearances or the band's own shows.

He added: "The idea for the European tour this autumn is that we're just going to do a quick tour, because we're going to come back again and do some outdoor concerts in the summer. We'll definitely still have lots of video stuff. But I think we'll do something a bit more spectacular for the outdoor concerts next summer."

'The 2nd Law' is the follow-up to 2009's 'The Resistance' and has been recorded in London. It contains a total of 13 tracks.

The Devon trio will tour the UK in October, playing five shows. The gigs begin at Glasgow's SECC on October 24, before the band move onto London's O2 Arena for two shows on October 26 and 27. They then play Birmingham LG Arena on October 30 before finishing up at Manchester Arena on November 1.

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