Muse are nearing completion of a new track called “Thought Contagion,” frontman Matt Bellamy revealed and added that the results will be heard within the next two months. It follows the release of "Dig Down" in May, with the band considering a full LP release in late 2018 or early 2019.

“We’re mixing a new track right now,” Bellamy said during an interview at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show (video above). “It’s called ‘Thought Contagion’ and it’s gonna come out in the new year. We’re going to give it to you like in January or something, or February. It’s a great track – rocking, heavy.”

Asked about album plans, he said, “I think next year we’ll do like two or three more songs like this, and then the album might be like later next year or early ’19, something like that."

It remains to be heard how “Thought Contagion” will compare to “Dig Down.” Bellamy said of the previous release: “I was looking to counteract the current negativity in the world and give inspiration, optimism and hope to people to fight for the causes they believe in; that as individuals we can choose to change the world if we want to.”

Muse’s last album was 2015’s Drones, which tackled the theme of technological advances reducing the power and influence of humanity, leading to the possibility of people behaving like easily-controlled drones. Bassist Chris Wolstenholme revealed at the time that the band had decided to return to a more basic sound, explaining, "We got to the point where things were becoming more and more difficult to play live. It was a real headache with certain songs on the last album to try and work out all the arrangements to get them to work live. For this album we decided it was important to maybe go back to where we started in a way and just concentrate on one guitar player, one bass player and one drummer and see how far we could take that."

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