United Mutation
Rainbow Person


5.0
classic

Review

by Chortles USER (5 Reviews)
March 20th, 2015 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist


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.


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Chortles
March 19th 2015


18305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

probably should've been a soundoff oops

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YakNips
March 19th 2015


14969 Comments


this looks sweet

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VaxXi
March 19th 2015


1255 Comments


Not a fan of this kind of music, but this little review sold me on giving it a listen. great review!

WeepingBanana
March 19th 2015


10281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yoooo this shit is so awesome, glad you reviewed it. Fat Louie is my jam

deathschool
March 20th 2015


13793 Comments


Awesome review. Will check

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Chortles
March 20th 2015


18305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks a lot fellas. yee weeping these guys were the real deal, you heard fugitive family?

WeepingBanana
March 21st 2015


10281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, it's also great. i think this achieves a bit more though

Chortles
March 21st 2015


18305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

word, it's still some of the best hardcore i've heard though. sooo good

Cygnatti
March 21st 2015


24139 Comments


Never of this but that rec section looks sweet! ^_^

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Chortles
March 21st 2015


18305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

plz change that, it's at least a 3.5 on the cyg scale tbh

WeepingBanana
March 21st 2015


10281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn didn't even see the rec section. haven't heard YDI though, gonna check that out soon

Cygnatti
March 21st 2015


24139 Comments


okay but only for you, chorts!!

Chortles
March 21st 2015


18305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

8-)



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