The British rock legends have embraced electronic music as well as funk on their new album, taking them back to their very earliest influences.
Drummer Dominic Howard said: ''Yep, funk! What are we doing? But 'Panic Station' is a track that reminds me of my youth.
Frontman Matt Bellamy took a new approach with the track 'Unsustainable' and despite many people being skeptical, he is pleased with the end results.
He added to The Sun newspaper: ''For 'Unsustainable' I wanted to write the idea electronically and when we came to record it, we did it with real, organic instruments and got a real orchestra in.
''We were trying to see if real instruments could make a sound like electronica. A lot of people were sceptical about it but it works.''
Another new feature on the album is two of the tracks - 'Save Me' and 'Liquid' - are written and sung by bassist Chris Wolstenholme, who now feels confident enough songwriting after beating alcoholism.
He explained: ''It was the first time I felt confident enough to show the rest of the guys that I can write.
''It's not that easy when you're in a group that has already had so much success, I didn't want it to look like ego.
''At first the idea was for Matt to sing them, but in the end my voice worked better. Its personal music so I interpret it the best.''
'The 2nd Law' is released on Monday (01.10.12).