Mumakil
Behold The Failure


4.0
excellent

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (48 Reviews)
April 26th, 2009 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Elephantine blastcore with enough vicious fun to more than make up for it's lack of inventiveness.

In case you haven’t heard the news, grindcore is the new hot subgenre in metal. Surprisingly, grindcore may be the first of the “core” genres to not fade into exodus because of young, stupid bands and enough scene to make Victory Records puke. A lot of grindcore bands are entering the scene and only an average amount is suck-ish. Mumakil, thankfully, are one of the promising new bands to bash-and-thrash their way into the eye of the grindcore crowd.

Mumakil’s recent release Behold the Failure is a technically sound and catchy albeit typical grind album. The musicians, if so they can be called, crush path through 27 tracks much like their namesake Lord of the Rings creature would: with extreme oliphauntine fury. Behold the Failure is a short but brutal mass of bone-crushing grind verging on bestial death metal, a combo the band aptly calls “blastcore”. On The Eye of Wrath, vocalist Thomas spits indecipherable words over a punching guitar line creating the most destructive hook imaginable.

Behold the Failure simultaneously sticks grindcore staples and tosses a few of the rulebook pages into a firepit. It consists of 27 tracks averaging at a minute-and-a-half each. Song titles include such insights as “Pisskeeper”, “Let There Be Meat”, and a personal favorite, “Pigs On Fire.” HOWEVER, Mumakil also adds much more death metal aspects to their grind base, trading a typically high-pitched scream or deep, garbling rumble for a barrel-chested roar and mid-range rasps and swaps usually screeching speeder guitars for a more pummeling down-tuned sound, similar to fellow death-crust-grind outfit Misery Index. If you so choose to confront this leviathan of an album, you will be faced with 27 vicious beast-songs. Be warned, you can’t tell any of the songs apart, and if you peruse your way through the 30-second (or less) iTunes samples, you’ll only walk away with an elated migraine.

This isn’t the top album of 2009. It’s not perfect and it’s not (figuratively) groundbreaking. BUT, Mumakil have broken the sound barrier and have put forth a lumbering blastcore album that’s both incredibly fun and piss-yourself frightening to have crank through your auditory canals. They fight for anarchy with music that sounds more like they’re fighting for Sparta. Behold the Failure is a lyrical assault on all things governmental and proof that Switzerland has more to offer than Celtic metal and some holey cheeses. It’s a predatory elephant crashing through the forest of your ear-hairs. It will pillage your village and rape your women, so enjoy or get the hell out of the way.



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ThyCrossAwaits
April 26th 2009


3433 Comments


HA! got to this first. I know it's really short but I felt that's all it needed.

I'm probly gonna catch some hell for "not justifying my rating" so FYI this could also be a 3.5.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
April 26th 2009


8573 Comments


good review I desperately need this.

Phantom
April 26th 2009


8985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was going to do this, still will.

marksellsuswallets
April 26th 2009


4851 Comments


"Blastcore"?

ThyCrossAwaits
April 26th 2009


3433 Comments


don't look at me, the band came up with it.

Phantom
April 26th 2009


8985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's grindcore

Anthracks
April 26th 2009


6258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is about as close to loving grind as ive ever gotten, great album

Digging: Obliteration - Cenotaph Obscure

marksellsuswallets
April 26th 2009


4851 Comments


Yeah. It's just moderately technical, fairly average grindcore from what I'm hearing.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 26th 2009


7925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is good, kinda like a shittier nasum

Athom
Emeritus
April 27th 2009


17240 Comments


album art has me sold.

shindip
April 27th 2009


3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i was going to do this, but u beat me to it. pretty average album that never really slows down

Tyler
Emeritus
April 27th 2009


7925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

blastcore



seriously dude



blastcore?

shindip
April 27th 2009


3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i do not know the difference between any of these genres, but isnt blastcore the same as grindcore?

Tyler
Emeritus
April 27th 2009


7925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

blastcore isn't the same as anything because it is made up

Anthracks
April 27th 2009


6258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

all genre names r made up

ThyCrossAwaits
April 28th 2009


3433 Comments


honestly i didn't come up with it. that's what the band calls it on their myspace.

shindip
April 28th 2009


3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol even 'rock' was made up, right anthracks?

McP3000
July 3rd 2009


4049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album is surprisingly good for a grind album



aka not shitty

ThyCrossAwaits
July 3rd 2009


3433 Comments


McP3k: you obviously have not heard The Inalienable Dreamless.

SmurkinGherkin
July 3rd 2009


1838 Comments


Lol, the album art rules



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