Monday, November 12, 2007

And Even More Mutants

The Mutants

Death Cult


Heavy caramba!
It’s time for another groovy and twisted hellride into the world of The Mutants! The instrumental Helsinki six-piece returns with an impressive second album, taking their freaky afro-garage-mambo to even wilder spheres. Their genre-defying musical cocktail will leave purists breathless with cool, all-out “party on!”-attitude. But hey, this band is serious! They’re definitely not some lame academic instrumental salarymen!
The sound of The Mutants is very simple to describe: take the fuzz of 60’s garage beat, some hints of psychedelia from the same bygone era, then add funky rhythms and grooves from the 70’s and mix that all with damnedly plain rock’n’roll music and some punk attitude.
After their 2003 “Voodoo Blues” album, The Mutants have been active and faithful to their underground roots by releasing several vinyl singles, as well as recording soundtrack material to skate and snowboard films all around the globe.

This is not a surf CD, but I have long liked the Mutants' original blend of sounds. Once again they have created a new variation.
"Welcome To Death Cult" This is a 30 second introductory scene designed to set up the mood.

"Port - Au - Prince" A large and engaging fuzz chord progression brings on a heavy track with exotic percussion that's like a cross between voodoo and metal. Dark and commanding, with lots of spunk and textural variation. Very cool.

"Heavy Caramba!" On the edge of surf with heavy darkness and a great rhythm, "Heavy Caramba!" is spooky and enticing at the same time. Haunted keys, engaging textures, and menacing thunder.
"Cops In Heat" "Cops In Heat" hints of "Funky Fidel" in some ways, though it's surely not that thick and rhythmic. Funky, fun, yet dark and moody.

"Iron Jamaica" No, it's not metal reggae... "Iron Jamaica" is a rock song with an early Santana sound less the Latin influences. It's an interesting mix of styles - sort of a small combo piece with swirling psycho degeneration.

"Mutants Death Cult" You might imagine the Mutants passing out Cool-Aid for the short-livers, but you'd miss the throbbing tremolo and the haunting soundscape. Psychedelic, exotic, and pretty damn scary!

"Serious Mojo" Another track that reminds me of early Santana in concert less the liquid Latin soul, but still tribal. Quite a large sound.

"Jun' Gala" Large guitar sustain and rock hall beat with an early seventies progressive rock or maybe Krautrock sensibility. Feedback and a circular riff. This grows on you.

"White Trash Trouble Man" Like a swamp thing coming for your girlfriend while you're out getting a refill on that popcorn, "White Trash Trouble Man" is about big drama and fear. A very cool rhythm guitar, long sustained edge, exotic percussion, and atmospheric keys and horns. Like a soundtrack to a film, this is way cool!

"The Ghost Of Meadow Hill" haunts the halls where the band rehearses, or so it would seem. This is a gentle track with a jazzy edge and very comfortable progressive sound, maybe a little like a blend of Gabor Szabo, Harvey Mandell, and Epitaph. This track has a very rude narrative.

-Reverb Central, USA-


Brandonio! said...

Trustar, thanks buddy this bands really brings something diffrent to the table. I really dig the song"Heavy Caramba!"it's super spooky and has a groove that drives me wild . Perfection indeed. There other album smokes too. Again Thanks!!!