It would have been enough for United Mutation to distinguish themselves solely based off of frontman Mike Brown’s inhuman vocals, their most recognizable trait, but they also managed to craft a sound that was virtually inimitable by other hardcore acts of the early to mid ‘80s. In their 1984 7” Rainbow Person
, United Mutation ignores the more common conventions of the time in favor of a more expansive, melodic approach to the speed and aggression that typically defined hardcore. The guitar playing taps into some sort of otherworldly punk-cum-psychedelia blend, which with a stellar rhythm section serves as a suitable backdrop for the dominating vocals from Brown. More akin to the guttural roars that would begin to define extreme metal, Brown’s vocals bring a primal ferocity to United Mutation’s music that was unparalleled by other hardcore groups of the time. This combination of oddly hypnotic instrumentation and strange vocals makes for a frantic, claustrophobic atmosphere that manages to be incredibly engrossing despite the record's short run-time. There’s no question about why United Mutation weren't the coolest hardcore band of their time, but that’s a shame considering the fact that they contributed some of the most creative music to come from the genre, and more specifically from the DC scene. At least they do have a lot to show for it though, and Rainbow Person
is an incredible slab of music that may resemble the peak of that creativity.