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-> ''[[Music/KnightsOfCydonia Come ride with me\\
Through the veins of history\\
I'll show you how God\\
Falls asleep on the job]]''
-->-- '''Muse''', ''Knights of Cydonia''

Muse is an English alternative/new-prog rock band formed in 1994 by vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Matthew Bellamy, bassist Christopher Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard.

They have released six studio albums thus far, with ''The 2nd Law'' the most recent on October 1, 2012. With regard to singles, the band has been successful in both their home country where they've had 17 Top 40 singles and American alternative radio, where they have ten Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Alternative Tracks (formerly Hot Modern Rock Tracks) chart.

The band has had three major breakthrough periods in the United States: The first was with their single "Time is Running Out" in 2003, which began their aforementioned string of ten Top 40 Alternative Tracks singles. The second came with the appearance of their 2-year-old single "Supermassive Black Hole" in the film version of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. The third was their performance of "Uprising" at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards easily the most exposure they've ever gotten in the United States which caused "Uprising" to peak at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Their music video for "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" has its own page, [[RuleOfCool which should tell you]] [[{{Troperiffic}} something]].

Fun fact: the band was originally called the Rocket Baby Dolls after a {{Hentai}}. Puts a [[HilariousInHindsight whole new context]] to "Plug In Baby", doesn't it?


"Survival," a song from ''The 2nd Law'', was adopted as the theme tune for the 2012 Olympics, and "Isolated System" was adopted as the theme for ''Film/WorldWarZ''.

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!!!Their albums are:
* ''Showbiz'' (1999)
* ''Origin of Symmetry'' (2001, although not released in the United States until 2005, see below)
* ''Hullabaloo Soundtrack'' (2002, a combination live album and B-sides collection)
* ''Absolution'' (2003)
* ''Black Holes and Revelations'' (2006)
* ''HAARP'' (2008, second live album)
* ''The Resistance'' (2009)
* ''The 2nd Law'' (2012)
* ''Live from Rome Olympic Stadium'' (2013, third live album)

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!!This band and their music provide examples of:
* AnAesop: Their fifth album, ''The Resistance'', has a three-part symphony at the end of the album entitled "Exogenesis" which speaks of mankind abandoning a post-apocalyptic, dystopian Earth in order to re-populate and spread their kind across other planets in the universe in order to keep their species alive. Good idea at first, one can think, and that's how it's believed throughout the first two parts. Too bad that by the third part, mankind realizes that the reason they left Earth and they're all together in this mess is that [[AwfulTruth they botched it in the first place]], so chances are it'll all become a cycle unless mankind changes its disruptive ways.
** There's a lot of hope in the third part, which is titled 'Redemption'. A major part of redemption is recognizing that yes you've done the wrong thing, but also that you can still change before it's too late. There can't be redemption without that commitment to do better.
** The entire Aesop of ''The 2nd Law'' is that the rich, greedy and short-sighted elite are dooming the species to self-destruction. A comparison with the second law of thermodynamics is made, where Earth is an isolated system and the entropy of that system is only increasing because of humanity's self-indulgent apathy. It's similar to the message of "Exogenesis", but far more cynical in its presentation.
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Black Holes and Revelations'' is a lyric in their song "Starlight".
** ''Absolution'' appears in the title and lyrics of "Sing for Absolution".
** ''The Resistance'' appears in the title and lyrics of "Resistance".
* TheAlcoholic: Chris admitted once to being a "raging alcoholic". He wrote two songs on ''The 2nd Law'', "Save Me" and "Liquid State" that confront this issue directly.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Knights of Cydonia". All together now: NO-ONE'S GONNA TAKE ME ALIVE!
** "Starlight" has a famous clap to go with it, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar which spells out "tits" in Morse code]].
*** Also from "Starlight", 'Our hopes and expectaaaations, black holes and revelaaaations....'
** "Uprising": 'They will not force us...' It also has a clap to go with it.
** From "Time is Running Out": 'Bury it, I won't let you bury it...'
* [[TitleDrop Band Name Drop]]: "You are my muse", in ''I Belong to You [+Mon Coeur S'Ouvre Ta Voix]''. Easily missed; the entirety of "Mon Coeur S'ouvre Ta Voix" occurs between "Mu" and "se", which are blended into the vocalization.
** "You are my {{M|ondegreen}}eeeee[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} eeeeew...]]"
* BadassLongcoat: Matthew James Bellamy, in multiple music videos and live shows.
* BearsAreBadNews: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8KQmps-Sog Teddy bear uprising]] FTW.
* BizarreInstrument: That weird guitar thing Christ plays in "Madness" is called a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2t5CpIMZQk Kitara]] bass version.
* BlackSheepHit: "Madness", which received a lot of critical acclaim but broke the fanbase, and has been described to sound like every band ''except'' Muse.
* BSODSong: "Micro Cuts".
* ClusterFBomb: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv_ko47ThDk hidden track]] on the ''Starlight'' DVD. Commonly referred to as 'You Fucking Motherfucker' in fan circles. Also counts as an absolutely massive {{Cluster|FBomb}} of ''{{Atomic|FBomb}}'' F Bombs.
** Once the band was asked not curse during a Origin of Symmetry-era Spanish TV performance. Taking offense at this due to the lack of profanities in their songs, Matt changed an entire verse of "[[MichaelBuble Feeling Good]]" to this. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpzgr1FLyDw Hilarity ensues]].
* ConspiracyTheorist: In Matthew Bellamy's [[http://www.musewiki.org/Uncut_-_Interview_(Intro_online_article) own words to a German magazine]]:
-->"I've always been interested in conspiracy theories. There is much information withheld from the people for sure. Including myself, so I'm not saying that I know about them. I've read much about it prior to the album production. Some things are just bollocks, other things are quite interesting. I like this narrow line. Many songs on [''Black Holes and Revelations''] deal with conspiracy theories or the formation of a world government, a topic which has been discussed in the last fifty years. Other songs are about control and how the media is purposely influencing and trying to keep us off from the truth. Methods that keep people off from questioning things and issues. Inventions and technologies bottled up in order to be able to use them later in military. I'm interested in all this, and it influenced the album."
* {{Cosplay}}: Dom is known to often wear a {{Spider-Man}} costume (normally sans mask) during live performances. Smaller examples are Chris' Captain America costume and the outfits worn by the band during the encore of their concert on Halloween 2009: Matt was a vampire, Chris was Franchise/{{Batman}} with light-up horns, and Dom was, predictably, Spider-Man.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Matt Bellamy is afflicted with this while singing and while speaking. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzpGk44UXKQ This performance of "Time Is Running Out" shows it off quite well]]. His pronunciation of the word "proper" ("pwopah") is a meme in Muse fandom.
** On some songs ("The Small Print," for one) he sounds a bit like he's spitting into the mic.
* EpicRocking: The band's longest (one-part) song to date is "Citizen Erased" at 7:19, which, while quite long, is not entirely unreasonable.
** "Citizen Erased" [[FadingIntoTheNextSong seamlessly runs into "Micro Cuts"]]; the combined song is both awesome and around 11 minutes.
** The three-part closing song to ''The Resistance'', "Exogenesis: Symphony," forms a 13-minute long song when all three parts are played one after the other. The trend continues with ''The 2nd Law'', closing with a two-part TitleTrack whose two halves total 8:48.
* ETGaveUsWiFi: According to a [[WordOfGod German interview quoted on the Muse Wiki]], Matthew Bellamy wrote "Exo-Politics" about "a trade agreement between the US government and extraterrestials, about the use of new technologies," although he has not been entirely consistent on that line.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Even a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yLJm338HTk shoe!]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Matthew Bellamy.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Most notably on Origin of Symmetry: Citizen Erased blends seamlessly into Micro Cuts.
** Space Dementia into Hyper Music into Plug in Baby. Whoa.
** Falling Away With You into Interlude into Hysteria. Perfection.
** If you listen closely to the end of Uprising, the beginning of Resistance can be heard - it's faint but present. A similar segue occurs between "Cave" and the title track on ''Showbiz''.
* {{Fanservice}}: In the otherwise unsexy "Undisclosed Desires" video there is a gratuitous lingering shot of Dom Howard's buttocks. That this is done while Matt Bellamy is singing "Please me," might make it HoYay.
* GenreBusting: What the hell is the song's, "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable," genre? Orchestral [[AlternativeRock rock]][[{{Dubstep}} step]]?
* GovernmentConspiracy: "Exo-Politics", taken at face value, is about the government cooperating with aliens from the Zeta Reticuli system in a massive mind control conspiracy. Matthew Bellamy has alternately confirmed this interpretation, or highlighted how alien theories cover up real military conspiracies at sites like Area 51. Either way, he clearly believes the US government is up to no good.
** The live album ''HAARP'' takes its name and stage design from the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, a US government-funded weather research station in Alaska. In an interview with ''Q'', Bellamy quoted a number of conspiracy theories about the project, before claiming to have chosen the design because "it just looks [[RuleOfCool really cool]]."
** The song "MK Ultra" was inspired by the secret CIA behavioural engineering project that, since its public revelation in 1975, has become a favourite target of conspiracy theorists.
* GratuitousPanning: "Micro Cuts" during its solo.
* {{Guyliner}} The "Supermassive Black Hole" video
* IncrediblyLongNote: "Falling Away With You".
** "Prague" more than any other song played by the band.
** "City of Delusion" also has a pretty long one.
* IndecipherableLyrics: "Micro Cuts".
** Taken UpToEleven in the song "Execution Commentary", which makes "Micro Cuts" sound clear by comparison. Even the official Muse wiki list the lyrics as "indecipherable screaming".
** Also present in "Exogenesis: Symphony Part 1 (Overture)"
* InTheStyleOf:
** "Feeling Good", a fairly standard showtune, now a new-prog song.
** "Who Knows Who", a collaboration with rapper The Streets; a Music/RageAgainstTheMachine-esque b-side to "Uprising".
** "I Belong to You (+Mon cur s'ouvre a ta voix)" features a french bit that covers Maria Callas' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9piRiiZ0C4Q "Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix"]]
* KaleidoscopeHair: Matt often dyed his hair various colors during the Origin Of Symmetry period, notably red, blue, and blond.
* LaResistance: Considering their 2009 album is titled ''The Resistance,'' this seems appropriate.
* LargeHam: Oh dear ''God'', Matt Bellamy. You want proof? Listen to Apocalypse Please. Or Bliss. Or Knights of Cydonia. Or United States of Eurasia. Or Plug In Baby. [[OverlyLongGag Or Showbiz. Or Neutron Star Collision. Or Space Dementia. Or House of the Rising Sun.]] [[OverusedRunningGag And ESPECIALLY]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1KOVuVxZJw Prague]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68mw8AE9l_g&feature=related Survival]].
* LastNoteNightmare: "Eternally Missed" ends with some incredibly creepy whispering. Also, the ScareChord towards the end of "Space Dementia".
** That creepy synthy "Ohhhhhhh" at the end of "New Born," which is ''literally'' cut off at the very end.
** Downplayed in "Supremacy," where the "nightmare" only lasts for about eight seconds after the false ending.
** "Ruled by Secrecy"'s creepy countdown at the end could be considered one. Or, indeed, the whole song.
* LongRunnerLineUp: the band has had the same lineup ever since they formed in 1993.
* LyricalDissonance: Many of their songs, but one of the biggest examples is "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Thoughts of a Dying Atheist]]" from ''Absolution''.
** Another one of their more interesting examples are; Map Of the Problematique's lyric indicate wanting to stay with someone and sort it out, and the music is heavy of the runaway and momentum base.
** "Starlight" is on par with "Thoughts of a Dying Atheist". The verses, in particular, seem to indicate rather dark suicidal thoughts, with that glossy piano playing over it.
* MindScrew: Many of their lyrics
** "Exo-Politics", once one finds out the inspiration for this song. ''Good luck finding out though.''
** Space Dementia has the aforementioned LastNoteNightmare and superbly creepy lyrics. Micro Cuts is just nightmarish, and the indecipherable lyrics and pained falsetto don't help either.
** "Plug-In Baby" is reputedly about either a sex doll or genetically engineered puppies which [[NotAllowedToGrowUp never grow old]]. But Matt was on 'shrooms when he recorded it, so he doesn't even remember.
*** Others say it's about [[ICallHerVera his guitar(s)]].
** "Screenager" is very creepy, not helped when you find out that bones were used for percussion.
** The guitar parts on the B-Side "Host" are fairly haunting, listening to the song alone at night is probably not advisable.
** With that in mind, Recess, Shrinking Universe and Con-science are all extremely creepy.
** When Matt breathes in the song ''Dead Star'', it isn't so much breathing as a disgusting, horrifying slurp. Really uncomfortable, very creepy.
** The same thing happens in New Born, as well as Time Is Running Out where the lyrics "asphixiated" and "I know I'm trapped" really create a tense atmosphere that is completely at odds with most other hit singles of the time.
* MinisculeRocking: Intro, Interlude, Prelude and the Starlight [[ClusterFBomb hidden track]].
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: The band ranges from 1-2 ("Blackout", "Falling Down") to 6-7 ("New Born", "Hyper Music", "Follow Me"), but they've also done a song that creeps up to the 8-10 ranges of the scale ("The 2nd Law: Unsustainable"). Their typical range is, however, very hard 4-standard 5.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Their lyrics are often epic in scope, sometimes crossing heavily into {{Narm}} territory: "Take a Bow" comes to mind as an example.
* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: To a point. ''Showbiz'' was Music/{{Radiohead}}-inspired alternative rock; ''Origin of Symmetry'' adopted hard rock and prog metal qualities; ''Absolution'' shifted slightly to symphonic rock; ''Black Holes and Revelations'' took a poppier, electronic turn; ''The Resistance'' adopted cues from classic rock / prog rock (a la Music/{{Queen}}) and classical music; and, ''The 2nd Law'' really plays this trope straight by borrowing aspects of a wide variety of genres, from synth-rock to symphonic prog to funk to, yes, dubstep.
* NonAppearingTitle: Zigzagged throughout their discography.
* ObsessionSong: Many of their songs have undertones of this. "Endlessly" and "Hysteria" are both pretty unambiguous, however.
** Bliss is the most obvious example of this "GIVE ME! ALL OF THE PEACE! AND JOY IN YOUR MIND!".
** "Sing for Absolution" is probably where StephenieMeyer got the idea for Edward watching Bella sleeping without her knowledge in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', which is generally known to be one of his more creepy actions. Unlike StephenieMeyer though, Matt probably meant for it to be a bit off.
*** On the other hand, the lyrics to Sing for Absolution take on an [[TearJerker entirely and completely different meaning]] when combined with the video.
** "Space Dementia" is a particularly creepy one.
--->You'll make us wanna die
--->I cut your name in my heart
--->Will destroy this world for you
--->I know you want me to
--->Feel your pain
** ''I want to satisfy the '''undisclosed desires''' in your heart''
** "Madness" certainly sounds like one, even turning the title into a MadnessMantra by making it the bassline.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: So Matt is English, speaks English, but his singing doesn't even sound English. In fact it sounds like some sort of British/American... thing.
** The most noticeable exception being the rhyming of "past", "mask", and "heart" in "Undisclosed Desires".
** Matt, like the rest of the band, is from Teignmouth, Devon, which is quite a large distance from where most UK bands are from (usually London, Sheffield and Manchester). He also has a pretty noticeable speech impediment, which, when combined with his falsetto, means he doesn't really sound like anyone. But he is definitely hard to understand when interviewed because he talks so quickly.
* OutOfGenreExperience: "Soldier's Poem", a soft acoustic guitar track with vocal harmonies that could be right out of a barbershop quartet, smashed between "Map of the Problematique" and "Invincible". Apparently, they recorded it with the usual full-band arrangement, but it didn't sound quite right.
** Other instances are the bluesy "Falling Down" and AlternativeMetal track "Dead Star".
*** "Undisclosed Desires" starts off this way, but winds up sounding familiar by end. It's still their only song with slap bass, though, plus the only one where Matt plays neither the guitar ''nor'' the piano.
* PopStarComposer: For ''Film/WorldWarZ'', highlighting the tension exceptionally.
* PrecisionFStrike: In "Crying Shame" (b-side for the ''Supermassive Black Hole'' single) and "Panic Station", which are the only instances of the word "fuck" in Muse's entire discography other than the absurdly over-the-top ''Starlight'' [[ClusterFBomb DVD hidden track]]. Both instances are quite shocking.
** Even though "Panic Station" only contained the one solitary F-bomb (in a less-than-sexual context, too), it was enough to slap the entire album with a Parental Advisory sticker.
* ProtestSong: For a band that has some of the most incomprehensible WordSaladLyrics out there, "Take a Bow" has a laser-focused vicious stab at various world leaders that could be the anger march of LaResistance.
** Most of their 2009 album, ''The Resistance'', is populated by protest songs, including "Uprising".
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The chorus of "Uprising".
* RepurposedPopSong: A {{Downplayed|Trope}} {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion; once their cover version of "Feeling Good" was released, Nesle tried to acquire the rights to use that song in a commercial, but the band turned them down. [[DoubleSubversion But]] '''[[WhatAnIdiot they used it anyway]]!''' Muse then successfully sued the company, [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules and then promptly donated the money they got to charity]].
* RockersSmashGuitars: Matt has a ''freaking world record'' for smashing the most guitars in one tour (140 during the ''Absolution'' Tour 2004). [[http://www.musewiki.org/Guitar_and_equipment_smashing This page]] chronicles the death of many of Matt's precious axes.
* RockstarSong: "Sunburn," "Muscle Museum," "Cave," "Showbiz," and "Hate This and I'll Love You," all from ''Showbiz''.
* RockTrio
* SharpDressedMan: their wardrobe varies, but [[http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/artist-news/muse/muse-640-80.jpg they]] [[http://www.theagencygroup.com/artistphotos/Muse.jpg have]] [[http://www.uncut.co.uk/sites/default/files/imagecache/article/2006/12/muse0410061w.jpg their]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_VmA26qQH3cQ/TI-R_oVW1nI/AAAAAAAAAiY/8aDvScB08KY/s1600/Muse.jpg moments]].
* ShoutOut: "Resistance" is based on the love subplot between Winston and Julia in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''; the song mentions the Thought Police, and "United States of Eurasia" is very blatantly about the war between the three states from the same book.
** The video to "Time Is Running Out" is set in TheWarRoom from ''DrStrangelove'', with performers in military uniforms.
** Most of the video for Music/KnightsOfCydonia is movie references, listed on its page.
** ''Origin of Symmetry'' was titled after a concept put forward by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku in his book ''Hyperspace''.
* SpaceMadness: The implied topic of the aptly named "Space Dementia".
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Chris is the writer of and lead vocalist on two of the tracks from ''The 2nd Law'', "Save Me" and "Liquid State".
* StockholmSyndrome: One of their songs is both titled after it and based on it.
* TakeThat: "Falling Down" is a suprisingly bitter TakeThat against their home-town, Teignmouth
** "Take A Bow" is one aimed at an "[[TheUnreveal all but nameless politician]]."
** "Animals" is aimed at the {{corrupt corporate executive}}s who contributed to the recent economic crisis.
* TitleTrack: "Showbiz." "Resistance" also counts, even if the album is technically called ''The Resistance''. ''The 2nd Law'' ends with two.
** Averted outright with ''Origin of Symmetry'', the only (studio) album to date with neither a TitleTrack or an AlbumTitleDrop.
* TruckDriversGearChange: Invoked by "Take a Bow" and "Survival," both of which have a noticeable pitch shift between their two verses.
* WordSaladLyrics
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: "Uprising" [[LastNoteNightmare pretends to end]] about three times, but each time resumes after a second's pause.