War From A Harlots Mouth
MMX


4.0
excellent

Review

by Luke M. Jenkins (Confessed) USER (58 Reviews)
November 23rd, 2010 | 54 replies | 12,810 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: MMX shows a band that have matured in their songwriting ability (as well as the department of writing a good riff) and is an album that is as consistent as it listenable. If you liked their earlier work to any extent than this is well worth looking into.

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War From A Harlots Mouth haven't actually released the most consistent records in the past. Their debut album, Transmetropolitan, showed signs of a band blessed with technicality and bursts of ingenuity. However, its predictability and host of somewhat mediocre songs did let it down in the end. Their sophomore effort, In Shoals, may have been a more mature and refined album but again, intensity and creativity was lacking.

So, is there anything to say for their third and latest album, MMX? In short, yes. A definite step-up in both songwriting and cohesiveness is evident. Opener Insomnia launches headfirst into howling vocals and calculated blastbeats. The guitars remain restrained and tasteful in their choice of chord patterns - that is until the actual riffs come in. Enter the band's decision to incorporate 8-string guitars. Some riffs sound like what the band produced before, others sound like a bastardized Meshuggah. And in all honesty, I for one believe this addition to their sound has done nothing but benefit them. In general, the riff department, whilst being evidently breakdown infested, has greatly improved from In Shoals. To Age and Obsolete, as well as featuring a trademark short jazz-influenced section, shows the band producing some meaty groove-type sections, akin to the polyrhythms experimented with by Meshuggah. The drums shift constantly throughout most songs, usually from tight blasts to well structured beats to compliment the off-kilter grooves laid down by the bass and guitar. In terms of vocals, Nico provides a worthy performance. His highs are decent and his lows definitely seem to have improved.

Another refreshing aspect to MMX are the melodic instrumental tracks. Sleep Is the Brother of Death cleverly combines an especially refreshing clean section with a headcrushing riff towards the end. Sugarcoat does much the same, albeit in a more jazzy fashion, minus the heaviosity. Sat neatly in between these two tracks are three tracks that are quite possibly the best MMX has to offer. A slew of crushing, shifting riffs and hectic drums make up the album's best track in The Polyglutamine Pact, whilst a brief but brilliant guitar riff that will drill it's way into your brain features on Cancer Man. C.G.B. Spender almost harks back to some of the ethereal guitar work present on some tracks on In Shoals in it's introduction but from there on in, it is a much slower and more progressive affair. The guitars are still as heavy as ever and the bass provides a huge, thick low end. The vocal section here definitely sounds like The Ocean almost.

The final third of MMX proves that the band are capable of writing an album that is even and consistent whilst still being varied and interesting. Of course, the album has it's flaws - but nobody can deny that Spineless holds host to some of the band's best instrumental work to date. Breakdowns are well judged and catchy, the clean section is aptly placed and those chunky guitar riffs just keep getting better and better. They simply carry Recluse MMX into new territories of heaviness, again, making it a highlight of the album. One thing that can also be noted is whilst the extreme tunings would normally drown out bass, the mixing and mastering job has been done proficiently enough so that enough low end does cut through the mix.

Album closers by this band tend to show a couple of traits - there is always a good mix of ideas but they're usually dragged out for way too long. In MMX's case, the final track does seem like an attempt to write an epic (it is the longest track on the album) but without drawing it out into infinity. Aside from a rather uncreative, drab minute ending of feedback and the odd single chord, the album closer does hold up to the rest of the tracks, with the drumming being of particular interest.

MMX shows a band that have matured in their songwriting ability (as well as the department of writing a good riff) and is an album that is as consistent as it listenable. If you liked their earlier work to any extent than this is well worth looking into. If you're a Meshuggah fan, you should probably check this out for the guitars alone. Just don't expect a flawless album - the most you'll get is a solid one.



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cvlts
November 23rd 2010



8954 Comments


WHOLE-EE fuck!

look who it is!

HighandDriving
November 23rd 2010



3261 Comments


It's Confessed, long time no see.

Digging: Nightmares - Suspiria

Confessed2005
November 23rd 2010



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Howdy. It has been a while.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 23rd 2010



10585 Comments


Where have you been sir?

Digging: United Nations - The Next Four Years

bloc
November 23rd 2010



34667 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm surprised by the positive response this album has, I though it was terrible.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Jips
November 23rd 2010



1129 Comments


in shoals was doo doo...

will i like this?

Dryden
November 23rd 2010



12928 Comments


nope

ShadowRemains
November 23rd 2010



20228 Comments


holy shit it's confessed.......

Jips
November 23rd 2010



1129 Comments


album art is still sexy though...

ShadowRemains
November 23rd 2010



20228 Comments


...what a bunch of people all hugging a fat guy?

Hep Kat
November 23rd 2010



14994 Comments


ew this band is fucking terrible. i mean if youre gonna listen to grind for whatever hxc reason at least listen to good grind fuck

Digging: Merchandise - After The End

Jips
November 23rd 2010



1129 Comments


lol didnt really think about the subject of it... but dig the style it looks like something from converge or the like

djunior
November 23rd 2010



700 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

giant mehhhh

Digging: yol - Headless Chicken Shits Out Skull Shaped Egg

dylanthedesertpea
November 24th 2010



587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"ew this band is fucking terrible. i mean if youre gonna listen to grind for whatever hxc reason at least listen to good grind fuck"

not grind?

dixoncocks
November 29th 2010



2428 Comments


If your gonna hate on a band for whatever hxc reason, at the very least get the genre right fuck

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

Imperial
December 27th 2010



1719 Comments


Excellent review, spot on.

deathtoinfedels
January 26th 2011



10 Comments


i have to say, i have never been the biggest fan of mathcore/jazz (whatever sub-genre you wanna class this as, i dont really care fore genres) but this album is growing on me

TomAkaVeto
May 19th 2011



1596 Comments


This is pretty rad. For some reason, their name made me think they would be generic deathcore like Whitechapel or Chelsea Grin...I was wrong.

witchxrapist
May 19th 2011



10931 Comments


Transmetropolitan is their best tbh.

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Spec
July 3rd 2011



27051 Comments


Never listened to this. I'll have to get on that.



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