Mutoid Man
Helium Head


4.0
excellent

Review

by XingKing USER (13 Reviews)
October 1st, 2014 | 34 replies


Release Date: 11/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mutoid Man's debut EP is a hardcore/metalcore record on acid that will not leave any fan of Converge or Cave In walking away empty handed.

If you consider yourself a fan of metalcore, the names Stephen Brodsky and Ben Koller should likely be well known to you. Stephen Brodsky is the genius behind Cave In, performing guitar, bass and vocal duties for Mutoid Man while Ben Koller of Converge fame is the absolutely devastating madman behind the drum kit. Brodsky helped perform bass duties for Converge on their '98 LP 'When Forever Comes Crashing' while Koller's brief stint with Cave In on their 2005 cassingle 'Dead Already / Shapeshifter' laid the foundation for what was to become Mutoid Man. Fast forward 8 years and we are presented with the absolutely vicious and brain melting blend of 70's style rock&roll/prog/hardcore/sludge/metalcore that is 'Helium Head'.

'Gnarcissist' opens the record wonderfully with a very prog-on-crack sound while Brodsky croons (don't worry, his harsh vocals make several appearances) and Koller fires on all cylinders as if he were performing on a Converge record. As soon as the track begins, it descends into a metalcore with bluesy overtones noise fest. If the opener hasn't already hooked you in, the infectious second track 'Scavengers' will with it's unique sound that encapsulates both men's respective careers, from the pull-off/hammer-on riff that could have been pulled from modern day Converge or the groovy and proggy verse reminiscent of Jupiter-era Cave In.

As crazy and hardcore-mixed-with-prog-on-acid the record begins, it slowly drives into madness across it's six tracks. 'Scrape the Walls' transitions from bluesy rock and roll to an absolute wall of cathartic screams and blistering drum fills of metalcore and sludge goodness that just progresses across 'Friday the 13/8', 'Sacriledge' and 'Lost in the Hive's' madness. 'Helium Head' absolutely never takes it's foot off the gas for it's 13+ minute run time, simply pummeling you in the face with infectious riff after riff with mind blowing drum work. This proves to be one the band's greatest assets; The record flies by so fast and the band is so obviously having a great time that it opens up for absolutely immense replay value, allowing you to dissect every psychedelic hardcore riff and roar from Brodsky's mouth and monstrous and inhuman drum fill from Koller. Mutoid Man's debut EP is a hardcore/metalcore record on acid that will not leave any fan of Converge or Cave In walking away empty handed.



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XingKing
October 1st 2014


11076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://mutoidman.bandcamp.com/

It's only 14 minutes, so do yourself a favor and jam this. It's worth noting that the original release of this had an extra song at the end of the record, a cover of the Animals, but I didn't mention it since it's been removed.

I haven't written a review in ages but I felt offended when I saw this hadn't been reviewed yet so I did what I could.

osmark86
October 1st 2014


4544 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

top stuff Xing!

XingKing
October 1st 2014


11076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks duder! This record needs more lovin'

osmark86
October 1st 2014


4544 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's nothing mindnumbingly spectacular, but it is hella sweet every now and then.

Mort.
October 1st 2014


4061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review xing, posd

and yeah album rules.

Digging: Crash of Rhinos - Distal

BallsToTheWall
October 1st 2014


44805 Comments


Review sold me.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

CaptainDooRight
October 1st 2014


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos'd

that energy

chesse13
October 1st 2014


4301 Comments


Gotta check this

Grimlin
October 1st 2014


880 Comments


got this tape a while ago, but unfortunately it didn't have the bonus track, which sucks cause "manimals" is a great cover. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmfgxpJcg5c

Ecnalzen
October 1st 2014


6822 Comments


I saw Cave in and got a little excited.

What's happening here?

XingKing
October 1st 2014


11076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You better listen to this, Ec!

Ecnalzen
October 1st 2014


6822 Comments


OK!

ExcentrifugalForz
October 2nd 2014


1848 Comments


Dear Die hard,

You rock!!
Especially when that guy was on the roof.

P.S. Do you know Mad Max?

Owantjaaaa
October 2nd 2014


3404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aoty

Digging: Sick/Tired - Dissolution

Owantjaaaa
October 2nd 2014


3404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

contender

osmark86
October 2nd 2014


4544 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

for 2013

CaptainDooRight
October 2nd 2014


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah its good, xing has some pretty decent taste according to me standadz

osmark86
October 2nd 2014


4544 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

XingKing knows his thing

CaptainDooRight
October 2nd 2014


30334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

he's really intelligent too and I believe he would make a good detective as long as he's the kind that doesn't carry guns

osmark86
October 2nd 2014


4544 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I see him as more of an agile bounty hunting superstar with a gist for wit.



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