Super groups and the like are a ridiculous sort, often given to manic and high priced egos while carrying the weight of expectations meant to cripple the god Atlas, all while never giving up the core members’ ideals and opening up the power vacuum to the most dominant member. Common people and critics hold these groups so high that they may as be Icarus and those wax wings the tears of fans that wash away all hope of those super groups and them creating something of substance, rather than totally ripping off your wallet for the hope of prolonging their damn careers and keeping that spot light on them for 5 more seconds not knowing when the horse is beaten to death and should be given a proper burial.
Thankfully, we are not talking about mainstream rock super groups and instead are talking about independent and extreme music, where egos are kept in check via touring, fans, critics, die hard fans, and the pesky thing of running your own merch booth, and therefore having to have the possibility of a face to face encounter with that kid from the pit who was screaming along to every word of every song you ever wrote.
What I’m trying to get at here is that Mutoid Man is considered a super group by those in the know, consisting of Steve Brodsky from Cave In on guitar and Ben Koller from CONVERGE on drums. They are joined by Nick Cageao on the bass duties. No one in this band is a fucking slouch, and have proven it on their previous albums together: 2014’s “Helium Head” and 2015’s “Bleeder“. This new album, “War Moans,” is officially the first real contender I have heard for album of the year for 2017, and that is no small fucking accomplishment.
This album is just rocking. It slows down in very few spots, but everything else is rip roaring, let’s fuck shit up, bring the six-pack and a carton of smokes and fly down the road to a party that you know will be debauchery incarnate, and you don’t have to clean up after yourself (seriously, that a double positive). Not one song did I find shitty, or annoying, or questionable at all in its songwriting. There is enough technicality to make it interesting, the drumming is Koller at his most fun, where you can see him wearing that go-pro camera and smiling the entire time while fucking showing he is a master of the d-beat sound while adding his own flair. The bass is not so back in the mix as to be lost but is there to help support the rhythm and have the ability to keep up with the guitar in technical parts! I’m listening to the album again after listening to it 4 times and it is not boring. I can not get over how awesome this album is. All songs are between 2.5 minutes and 5 minutes long. They are catchy and just awesome. I can not stress enough that this album is just fun and awesome and totally just nails what the band has been about: technical yet catchy and fast paced fun with a dash of lovelorn.
I can not express it enough that this album is my first contender for album of the year. It is fast, technical, and awesome. It is just fun and great and shows how a “super group” should be: all parts working together in their respective areas, not holding back, kicking ass, and killing it. Listen to this album and enjoy the shit out of your day.
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Label: Sargent House
Favorite Tracks: The entire fucking album, but particularly Date With The Devil, War Moans, Bandages
For Fans Of: Cave In, Motorhead, Disfear (if they played faster and had clean singing), a faster, more technical Iggy and the Stooges, Zozobra.