Band confirm that they are in the studio with Robert 'Mutt' Lange
The band confirmed the news on their official Instagram page, posting an old picture of AC/DC and Lange together along with the caption: “We are honoured to be making our new album with this legendary producer. #backinblack”
The #backinblack hashtag is a reference to AC/DC’s 1980 album which Lange worked on. The producer has also worked with The Boomtown Rats, Def Leppard and Foreigner throughout his career as well as producing albums for ex-wife Shania Twain. In recent years Lange has worked with both Maroon 5 and Nickelback as well as writing the Lady Gaga single ‘You & I’.
Muse are working on their seventh studio album, which is due to be released at some point in 2015. The band, who are among the favourites to headline Glastonbury in 2015, are working on the follow-up to their sixth album ‘The 2nd Law’, released in 2013. Earlier this year, drummer Dom Howard commented: “We’re going to start this year… We’re going to go back in May and start working on some new stuff, so I think we’ll start making it this year… If we can get something out this year, that would be great, but definitely next year.”
Speaking about their plans for the new album, Matt Bellamy added: “I have this strong feeling that the next album should be something that really does strip away the additional things that we’ve experimented with on the last two albums, which is electronics, symphonics and orchestral work and all that kind of stuff.”
More recently, Bellamy has hinted at some of the themes and sounds set to appear on the band’s forthcoming album.
Answering fan questions on Twitter in September, Bellamy said that he might have to contradict comments he made about guitar solos in the past while also stating that the themes of the new material include “Deep ecology, the empathy gap and world war 3”. Additionally, it was suggested that a “sequel” to ‘Origin of Symmetry’ song ‘Citizen Erased’ could feature on the album.