Mr. Bungle
The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny


3.5
great

Review

by UncalledFor USER (5 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2007 | 8 replies | 8,880 views


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fun and freely available metal record with historical relevance.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Mr. Bungle is a band you've likely heard of if you've ever bothered to google Mike Patton. Their 3 studio albums are legendary: Mr. Bungle a wicked metal/funk/ska/synthpop blizzard produced by John Zorn, Disco volante a stunning collection of experimental music beyond any comparison, and California an anthology of whatever genres of music have hit the radio in the past five decades. Until their break-up they toured and recorded with many musicians and took up a lot of instruments. However, the core members and their key functions have always been:

Mike Patton - Vocals, keys
Trey Spruance - Guitars, keys
Trevor Dunn - Bass
Danny Heifetz - Drums
Clinton "Bär" McKinnon - Horns, keys
Other than that, saxophonist Theo Lengyel is of note, having played on every release except California.

Demo-tape The raging wrath of the Easter bunny shows the band in their beginning years ('84-'86), when they were about the age of 15-18. Kinnon wasn't included yet. The tape itself is a collector's item but the songs (and those off their subsequent demo-tapes) have all been made freely available by the band. Among other places, they can be found here: http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/04/the_raging_wrat.html, and by FTP on http://www.bunglefever.com
This is also the tape that prompted Jim Martin of Faith No More to recruit Mike Patton as their lead singer. Ironically, Patton is the only musician here who doesn't give any implication of his musical prowess (or it would have to be his rapping on the ridiculous Evil Satan) - he just screams and growls his way through the album grindcore-style. Effectively, I might add, but not even a speck of what he has proven to be capable of since FNM's The real thing. Spruance shreds like a maniac and designs original and blazing fast riffs, Dunn keeps up just fine and drops great fills here and there, Heifetz guides you through all the rhythm and tempo changes despite being horribly undermixed, and Lengyel's freejazz sax solo is the sole saving grace for Evil Satan.

This (let's just call it an album) album offers a dark goth instrumental (Grizzly Adams), a silly ska/metal crossover (Hypocrites, an awkward attempt at cramming as many styles in 3 minutes as possible (aforementioned Evil Satan), and five delicious contemporary metal pastiches. Especially those well acquainted with Mr. Bungle's later work will love hearing these young virtuosos shamelessly quote Slayer and other such bands. The fun and humor are evident, if only for song titles like Spreading the thighs of death and Anarchy up your anus, but the talent is just as obvious - the songs are mostly well-composed, epic, varied, ingeniously performed, punch-packing, basically all that one would look for in metal songs that cross the 4-minute mark.

And yea, the production is utter crap, done by a 16 year old Trey Spruance using a 4 or 8 track tape recorder. As one of many results (such as an inaudible snare drum and LOTS of static), the lower (nickel wound) strings of his guitar make a little 'ploof' sound when struck. I absolutely LOVE it - somehow, it alone gives the music the perfect amount of goofiness.

Get a hold of this stuff, not often is a documental album as entertaining as this. Especially considering the crap they recorded on their subsequent demos Bowel of Chiley and Goddammit I love America! (also available on http://www.bunglefever.com).


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UncalledFor
October 22nd 2007



100 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Comments welcome.

Aficionado
October 22nd 2007



1027 Comments


This (let's just call it an album) album offers a dark goth instrumental (Grizzly Adams), a silly ska/metal crossover (Hypocrites, which may just be the oldest Bungle recording known to man and has Spruance on vocals, Patton on bass and Dunn on guitar), an awkward attempt at crumming as many styles in 3 minutes as possible (aforementioned Evil Satan), and five delicious contemporary metal pastiches.


This sentence is rediculously long and needs to be shortened. Also, try not putting stuff in like a blog, it makes it look unprofessional or credible. You can put that kind of stuff in the comments. Otherwise it was a good review.

Meatplow
October 22nd 2007



5524 Comments


I haven't listened to these demos in full yet, I have heard Evil Satan & Goosebumps however which I really like.

I'm checking this one out now with that link you provided, thanks. Not a bad review, keep working on it

UncalledFor
October 22nd 2007



100 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Point taken Aficianado, I deleted the trivia on Hypocrites to make it readable.
I was going to put it in this post now, but I realized you already kind of did that for me. Thanks for the heads up.

Meatplow - have fun!

bananaoracle
October 23rd 2007



28 Comments


Good review, although it was the last Mr. Bungle demo (OU818) that got Patton into Faith No More not this.

UncalledFor
October 23rd 2007



100 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OU818 was recorded a week after The real thing was released.This Message Edited On 10.26.07

BattleOfSerenity
January 9th 2008



186 Comments


LOL at the argument.
This review is a bit brief for my sad, sad tastes.
But I like it.
You covered a lot in a short space, although the rating should have been a 4 really.
I think that most of what deducts is from the 5 is the limitations of a piss take record, and the inaccessibility of it.
Although I still giggle listening to it, a lot of the songs stand alone as metal songs written to the same caliber as actual slayer songs.

Long live Patton.

ThePalestMexican
October 26th 2009



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's a good album, but the quality is a little weak, but it's to be expected



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