“Dead Inside” is the first official single off of Muse’s upcoming album, Drones, due to release June 8th. Like the previously released song, “Psycho,” the new song puts more of an emphasises on all of the basic instruments. Guitars, drums, and vocals are the primary forces behind this song. You would think that this would result in a simpler sound, but in fact, it just enhances it and makes it more unique.
Unlike the first single off of The 2nd Law, “Madness,” this song doesn’t use EDM techniques or anything even close to it. But yet it doesn’t become any less complex or intricate. You’re still engrossed in the music totally, lost completely to the notes. The Prince and older influences on parts of the song are combined with totally unique and new songs from Muse, developing this entirely new sound and melody that’s never been heard before. Which just adds to how amazing the music actually is. And better yet, the fact that it uses fewer sound effects and added flares make it feel a lot more connected. By the end of the song, even musically, you feel like you’ve gone full circle.
But the lyrics probably help with that. They tell a story, and by the end of the song you know exactly how that story goes. Or at least the chapter, because based on what Matt said on the Muse site, it sounds like the whole album is going to tell a story:
“This is where the story of the album begins, where the protagonist loses hope and becomes ‘Dead Inside’, therefore vulnerable to the dark forces introduced in ‘Psycho’ and which ensue over the next few songs on the album, before eventually defecting, revolting and overcoming these dark forces later in the story.”
You can definitely see what he’s talking about when you listen to “Dead Inside” and “Psycho” – he wrote them both after all. But there’s definitely a story there, and it’s open to interpretation whether or not you see the one that Matt explained there. Matt’s vocals help the lyrics hit home in all of the right spots. You can tell that you’re listening to a lot more than just a song, it’s an entire story and it means something.
Musically, lyrically, vocally, and instrumentally this song is pure gold. I expect it to be burning up the airwaves any day now.
Song Rating: 5/5
Image Cred: Danny Clinch for muse.mu