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Mutoid Man: Bleeder


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From Metal Injection:
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“When Mutoid Man came crashing into the world at million unexpected miles an hour last year with the Helium Head mini-LP, they did it the old-fashioned way: with breakneck energy, stellar musicianship, a wry sense of humour and, most importantly, a pack of well written songs with stadium sized riffs and colossal choruses. The spirit of Helium Head lives and breathes here, and there are a few moments of difference to add to the experience and demonstrate that Steve Brodsky (Cave-In), Ben Koller (Converge) and Nick Cageao (sound dude at Brooklyn’s St. Vitus Bar) aren’t a one-trick pony. If you look at the principle figures involved – the worlds from where they emerged and consider the years of growth that have happened naturally and musically since Until Your Heart Stops and Jane Doe – Bleeder makes perfect sense. Those leaping pull-off-hammer-on flares that Brodsky makes a huge part of Mutoid Man’s backbone are electrifying and closing the gap between classic rock deep cuts and guitar swinging metallic hardcore. Where the guitars seem less reckless on Bleeder than they did on Helium Head, Brodsky also eases up on the harsh vocals, but still produces equal amounts of intensity and ear-snagging moments. “Sweet Ivy” is a perfect example; it’s like the band injected an entire MLB team’s steroid regiment into psychedelic rock in one afternoon with Koller matching every bit of movement with his decathlete’s style of tastefully pummelling his entire kit at once. Bleeder sees the band expanding upon their repertoire with different directions explored in “Soft Spot in My Skull” which is like part Killing Is My Business… Megadeth, part Jupiter-era Cave-In and part rocking jazz punk, first single “Bridgeburner”s slinky transitions are erudite and sharply curvaceous while “Dead Dreams” sees everyone in full on punishing mode, especially Cageao’s bass offering up a colossal wall of brown note low-end. The more songs Mutoid Man write, the more it seems that they are resolving their reckless youth and early punk and hardcore influences with their musical growth and maturity; where they succeed is retaining that vigour of youth. That sublime combination allows for a controlled burn in area that’s probably end up as directionless chaos in the hands of someone who doesn’t see the parallels between The Who and Botch.”
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Bleeder is out now on Sargent House; stream it below.
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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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