Stephen Brodsky (Cave In) and Ben Koller (Converge, All Pigs Must Die) head up Mutoid Man. Bizarrely enough it’s exactly how you can imagine a cross over of the Cave In and Converge worlds - blending catchy hooks and songwriting with pure balls, and all thoroughly thought through. 12” vinyl and Digipak CD on Sargent House.
5/10 Robin Staff review, 24 June 2015
I don’t even fucking know.
At this point I have to wonder if all those A-grade metalcore bands that crossed ever-so-slightly into the mainstream were actually worth our time. Mutoid Man are made up of Cave In’s Stephen Brodsky and the ever namedropped Ben Koller, who drums death ‘n’ thrash ‘n’ hate for Converge. Both bands, of course, have made some very sick shit. ‘Bleeders’ is the total opposite of that sentiment, though, an album of super wide-eyed metallic riffs and hilarious vocals (both soloed or harmonised) that seem to seek to introduce a shade of the pantomimic to both artists' trajectories.
Ben Koller is playing drums, so like, fair enough: he’s doing his job on this record, weathering the storm between metalcore-tinged tech metal, hitting a few good cymbals and, uh, that might be it? What he is contributing to is a chance for Brodsky to make his audience blush with proggy vox a la Cedric Bixler Zavala on ‘Frances the Mute’. It’s clear that this is like, at least somewhat a joke, with the most stubborn of riff on “1000 Mile Stare” sounding like it belongs to one of the scene-changes in Friends, if Joey and Chandler argued over what Sigh’s best album was.
At least it’s fast, and it is fast in spades -- even on their chunkier, more stoner-strengthened tracks like “Dead Dreams”, the band are working at Magrudergrind pace (or at least aspiring to it). But fast can’t really stop me noticing how ridiculous this sounds. Please can these guys go back to being super serious so I can feel gloomy and poignant?
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