This post's artist is from the September 2013 Mix. This is track #15.
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Band: MUTOID MAN
Genres: Punk / Hard Rock / Thrash / Hardcore / Metal
Related artists: Cave In, Kid Kilowatt, Sacrifice Poles, Converge, Pet Genius,
New Idea Society, Stephen Brodsky, Stove Bredsky, Octave Museum,
The Holey Moleys, United Nations, Acid Tiger, All Pigs Must Die,
Force Fed Glass and Brohammer.
Country: Boston, USA
Years Active: 2012-present
Album: "Helium Head"
For fans of: Doomriders, Maximum R'n'R, Rye Coalition, Old Man Gloom, Led Zeppelin
and Cave In.
Unless you've been living in a cave (get it?) or don't know Ben Koller or Steve Brodsky...well, I should mention something. If you haven't heard of either of these two, you have a decision to make. Are you willing to invest about 10 minutes to reading this review and listening to a song or two? Or will you pass? If you choose the latter, go on with your daily life and music routine. If you choose the latter, these guys are about to open your mind to a myriad of music that will then destroy the very brain that you first sought to expand. What?
This lovely duo have, in a way, been planning their debut LP release for nearly 15 years. The Cave In frontman and Converge drumming legend first teamed up during Converge's infancy in the late 1990s when Stephen Brodsky played bass with the band for a short time. In 2005 they teamed up again, with Ben Koller filling in for the briefly departed JR Conners on Cave In's 'Cassingle'. This meeting in 2005 was definitely the catalyst for the formation of MUTOID MAN. "Shapeshifter" and "Dead Already" basically sound like MUTOID MAN demos.
MUTOID MAN play in-your-face metallic rock with punk and thrash leanings, sharp vocals, heavy screaming and some of the most insane drumming you'll ever hear outside of Converge. Think of Brodsky's side projects such as Kid Kilowatt and Pet Genius smoking tons of weed and worshipping Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy. I have included a link to "Scrape the Walls" and embedded "Gnarcissist" below, as well as "Shapeshifter" and "Dead Already" from the Cave In 'Cassingle' and 3 live songs from a recent (and I'd assume rare) live show. 'Helium Head' hasn't even been released - but when it is it's a contender for album of the year. No doubt. You better wrap up that gavel, B.
I am in the midst of an interview with god himself, Stephen Brodsky, and he had this to say about MUTOID MAN: "Mutated thrash punk freak metal, with Ben Koller pushing my limits in heavy music to help keep me feeling young."
2005 - CAVE IN - Cassingle cassette (download here)
2013 - MUTOID MAN - Helium Head 12"LP
(2005) CAVE IN - "Shapeshifter" (from 'Cassingle' cassette)
(2005) CAVE IN - "Dead Already" (from 'Cassingle' cassette)
(2013) MUTOID MAN - "Gnarcissist" (from 'Helium Head' LP)
(2013) MUTOID MAN - "Dead Already" LIVE
(2013) MUTOID MAN - "" Two Songs LIVE
MUTOID MAN additional links