They're about the biggest band in the UK at the moment. Sold out Wembley Stadium (90,000) in about 40 mins and added a second date.
They are influenced by many different types of music, but the nod to Queen is strong. Lots of other influences including film scores, classical, dance, pop, hard rock, folk and at times country even. Okay, maybe not country, but who needs country.
The band is a three piece: Matt Bellamy (guitars, vox, keyboards) is the driving force in terms of writing, directing and in many ways playing/stage performance. He's pretty much one of the few guitar hopes that have emerged from these shores of late. Not a great technical player (in the Vai sense of the word) but a keen experimentor. He puts theramins into his guitars and MIDI touch pads as well as using on-board Z-Vex effects to create really wild sounds. The support comes from a great bassist and a pretty good drummer. But it's Bellamy that steals the show I think.
They've a few albums now.
Showbiz -- the debut (I love Cave, Muscle Musuem to bits)
Origins Of Symmetry -- turned a bit more poppy (still love songs like Plug in baby)
Sing for Absolution -- this is where I parted ways as it was a bit too poppy for me
Black Holes and Revelations -- a lot more experimental and yes, maybe even proggy. But I think it's a modern band with a heavy rhythm section and a liking for harmonies/hystrionics.
That's off the top of my head, so apologies for any errors.
Well worth checking out though.