The new Muse song is nice and heavy. Listen/watch here.

The hint came around Christmas when Matt Bellamy posted an Instagram clip of this song blasting out of his car stereo as he raced down the highway. Speculation was that this new track was going to be the heaviest thing Muse has ever done.

It’s definitely heavy–the intensity really gets kicked up a notch in the bridge–but it’s still pure Muse. I quote Matt: “Won’t Stand Down is a song about standing your ground against bullies, whether that be on the playground, at work or anywhere. Protecting yourself from coercion and sociopathic manipulation and to face adversity with strength, confidence, and aggression

Now that we know that, it’s interesting to note that the video was shot in Kyiv, Ukraine. They know a thing or two about bullies and external aggression.

A sign of guitar rock to come in 2022? Oh, and there’s no word on a new album other than a statement that “the band is currently working on more new music.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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