Muse are challenging electronic musicians on 'The 2nd Law'.
The 'Supermassive Black Hole' rockers claim sixth studio album is their most far-out to date, with first single 'Unsustainable' written after seeing a show by dubstep star Skrillex.
Drummer Dominic Howard told NME magazine: ''We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October. We went, 'F**k, it's so heavy', loved it.
''It was like a full metal gig, they had the circles of death, people were moshing, I hadn't seen a reaction like that to electronic music before. We took inspiration and came up with '...Unsustainable'.
Singer Matt Bellamy added: ''The moshpit has moved from guitars and gone towards the laptop, so with that song we're trying to see if we can challenge the laptop.
''We created something that was dubsteppy but we wanted to see if we could do it with real instruments. We wanted to ask, 'Can rock bands compete with what these guys are doing?'''
The band also took inspiration from global problems including the banking crisis to channel their ideas, while taking their sound to new levels on tracks including 'Supremacy' and official Olympic track 'Survival'.
Matt explained: ''Every time I watched the news when we were making the album, it was endless stuff about the Euro banking crisis. All the news programs seemed to be obsessed with growth.
''The album is my own internal conflict of celebrating the strength but also saying, 'F**k, where do we go from here.'''