Muse announce that they are collaborating with legendary AC/DC producer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange on their new upcoming album.
The English rockers broke the news on their official Instagram page, by posting a picture from the eighties of Lange and AC/DC.
The band have been documenting the progress of their record process through Instagram. Last week, Muse completed their first recording session for their new album. They posted a picture of the studio with the caption: “End of first session. It’s been emotional.”
Accompanying the photo of Lange and the Aussie rockers, they wrote: “We are honoured to be making our new album with this legendary producer. #backinblack”
Muse have produced their last two LPs, the #backinblack hashtag is a reference to AC/DC’s 1980 album which Lange produced. As well as Back in Black, he worked on the AC/DC records Highway to Hell and For Those About to Rock We Salute You.
The producer has also worked with The Boomtown Rats, Bryan Adams, Def Leppard and Foreigner throughout his career.
The group have spoken about how the new LP will be a return to their ‘rockier’ roots and will be ‘more raw’ than the more recent synth and classical-inspired albums.
At a Twitter Q&A, singer Matt Bellamy was asked, “are you sticking to your ‘going back to guitar/drums/bass’ or was that just Matt being a tease?” Bellamy responded: “yes. It’s gonna get heavy.”
Bellamy said, “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.”
The upcoming record will be Muse’s seventh studio album, following 2012′s The 2nd Law. Last month, Muse celebrated the 15th anniversary of their debut Showbiz, which was released in September 1999.
Drummer Dom Howard also cited Nirvana as a huge influence on the band’s sound. Howard said: “They were massively influential to us when we were growing up. They’re one of the reasons we picked up some instruments and decided to start a band in the first place.
Muse are also in the running to headline Glastonbury 2015, along with Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC, Coldplay and Diana Ross.