British electronic rock legends Muse have released their new track Survival, premiering it around the world last night. It’s also been announced that the track will be used as the official theme song for the London 2012 Olympics, being played throughout the Games, including when athletes enter the stadium.
In a statement on muse.mu, frontman Matt Bellamy said that the song was written “with the Olympics in mind. It’s about total conviction and pure determination to win. The song is also going to be played throughout the Games including when athletes enter the stadium, in the lead up to the medal ceremony and as the theme for all international TV coverage.”
Many reports of the album say that it will be “dubstep-tinged” after the album preview seemed to have a certain dubstep sound to it, but as you can hear in the song below, it still has a very Museish sound, though we’re yet to hear the rest of the album. The band has told Kerrang that their direction for the trio’s sixth studio album would be “something radically different”.
Survival is also the first taste of Muse’s forthcoming sixth album – The 2nd Law – which is set to be released in September.
Listen: Muse – Survival