Devon band Muse performed their track 'Isolated System' live at Horse guards Parade in London on June 2nd 2013 following the world premiere of 'World War Z'. The track is taken from their chart-topping sixth album 'The 2nd Law' which came out in 2012.
'Isolated System' was used as the main soundtrack to book-to-film zombie flick 'World War Z' and the live recording was used with a new trailer-type montage featuring clips from the movie. The video features an ominous digital countdown, brief glimpses of panic and chaos in different parts of the globe and clips of protagonist Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family looking contented as they prepare for a day out, before disaster strikes while they are stuck in a traffic jam in New York as hoards of people run for their lives in the opposite direction. The song is a completely instrumental chiming echo with a gradual, crescendo-like layering of various instruments. As they had no doubt intended, it evokes such feelings of ill-omens and hopelessness that it is only fitting to be attached to an end-of-the-world situation.
As Brad Pitt revealed at the 'World War Z' premiere, the movie's producers had in fact been searching for a track reminiscent of Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' which is most famous for becoming the theme to 'The Exorcist'. Coincidentally, Matthew Bellamy of Muse had in fact been reading the 2006 Max Brooks novel of 'World War Z' during the recording of the album.
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