Music: Knights of Cydonia
The British progressive rock band Muse has drawn some unflattering comparisons with Radiohead (okay, people have flat-out dismissed them as copycats), so it's no surprise that their latest album, "Black Holes and Revelations," is very different from their previous work. I listened to Muse's early albums during undergrad, but the first exposure I got to this new phase of their career came from playing "Guitar Hero III."
You see, GHIII features the final track of BH&R, entitled "Knights of Cydonia." It's a meandering sci-fi mariachi journey through a soundscape filled with lead singer Matthew Bellamy's furiously distorted vocals. It's over-the-top, it's grandiose, and it might not be your cup of tea, but good Lord, it sticks in your head.
The video is pretty good, though - a hip little nod to spaghetti westerns, apocalyptic '70s flicks, and chop-socky cinema: