Mutiny Within
Origins


3.5
great

Review

by Gameofmetal STAFF
February 12th, 2017 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A strong, albeit predictable, return from a band lost in the world of internet piracy.

I have a special attachment to the New Jersey based outfit Mutiny Within that stems purely from my memories of listening to them before they had really broken out in the mainstream metal scene. I specifically recall stumbling on the music video for “Awake” in rotation on one of MTV’s multiple resurgences of Headbanger’s Ball circa 2010/2011. I feel safe in assuming I’m not the only one prone to that kind of attachment, it’s kind of a comfortable novelty to feel like you’re doing your part in spreading the name of an unknown act right before their big break. Ironically, the band would later lament their lack of success due, apparently, to the state of the music industry and prevalence of internet piracy, but I digress. The feeling is a small scale, intrinsically self-absorbed version of what I would liken to a parent watching their child take their first steps, as I watch Mutiny Within make their second comeback record from apparent obscurity.

In retrospect that sounds dumb as hell, but screw it, it’s my sentiment not yours.

Besides their being a relatively unknown act at the time of their emergence, what also stood out to me about Mutiny Within was their controlled blending of sounds while maintaining cohesiveness. Theirs was a merging of Killswitch Engage esque metalcore, Swedish melodeath, and hints of power metal, three niches that are generally easy to link to one another historically. And it sounded fresh without truly being terribly innovative. Synchronicity, the follow-up to their debut self-titled, was a drastic refinement, a record that took everything the band did right to their limits whilst pushing their dynamics. Origins, on the other hand, likewise refines, but does not maintain variation. It’s a straightforward, punchy record that doesn’t overstay its welcome nor features many missteps, but ultimately takes few chances.

Regardless, there’s a lot to like here. “Archetype of Destruction” opens with furious blasting and riffs that segue properly into Chris Clancy’s always memorable choruses. There isn’t a wasted song on the record, outside of the predictable intro track. There are tons of hooks and tasty riffs to latch onto, and the songwriting is always there. Instrumentally, it’s admirable how well Mutiny Within balance a certain understated virtuosity, particularly within the guitar work, with a sharp focus on songwriting. Songs like “Silent Weapons” flourish under the pyrotechnic guitar shredding, and a guest solo courtesy of Per Nilsson doesn’t hurt matters. Essentially though, it’s the Chris Clancy show. The guy’s chops are undeniable, gargantuan range carrying every moment he appears on. HIs harsh vocals are more for flavor than anything, something to match up to the more aggressive passages occasionally, but never to impress in the same way.

The songs are more predictable that Synchronicity however, which had the good fortune of a few softer tracks sprinkled within its admittedly bloated length. Origins’ songs are often distinct, but they all feature similar traits; fast tempos, big choruses, shred solos/leads, etc. Other lesser issues crop up, such as the operatic vocals that appear similarly on several of the middle tracks, the occasionally cheesy synths, and a production job that is a little too soft around the edges to suit the band when they indulge their harder side. At heart however, Origins is a slick package that will be a lot of fun for most fringe and casual metal fans, perhaps even impress the more stoic among us, and is a treat for someone like me that has a certain, parasitic attachment to the band.



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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2017


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u60J04JpFqY&index=1&list=PLWdR5IU_5UXrHXBwyF-jIX6pMdSyhvdAO



havent written a review in a while, hope it's not garbo

Ebola
February 11th 2017


2872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Good review as always, though I like the album significantly more than you. "Secrets" is such an awesome closer.

AsleepInTheBack
February 12th 2017


5188 Comments


wonderful review, mind pos. love that first para, can definitely relate

bakkermaarten007
February 12th 2017


5285 Comments


Mutiny is always within, someone tell this band

conesmoke
February 12th 2017


5529 Comments


What the hell does this even mean?

the band would later lament their lack of success due, apparently, to the state of the music industry and prevalence of internet piracy, but I digress.

HarryBoBerry
February 12th 2017


479 Comments


Nice review GoM, I'm in the same boat as you with this band. I tried to spread the word on them following their debut LP. Never got into Synchronicity but this has me hooked. The bass guitar bridge in Justify is tasty. And the drumming is pretty killer all the way through.

HarryBoBerry
February 12th 2017


479 Comments


Oh, and Chris Clancy rocks.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2017


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Idk is that retarded conesmoke? I wrote this late last night and just woke up now so I could totally be missing your point



Thx for the kind words everyone else

Piripichotes
February 12th 2017


423 Comments


Great review... This was totally unexpected if you take into account their last record which was bordering atl rock....

Ebola
February 12th 2017


2872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, not a fan of Synchronicity whatsoever. This is miles ahead

Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2017


1048 Comments


I kind of like the album art, which I usually take as a sign for whether I might be interested in (shallow, I know). The site has Scar Symmetry listed as a similar band, which may be appealing to me. The idea of KSE meets Swedish melodeath and power metal certainly sounds appealing.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2017


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'd say the best comparisons are soilwork and scar symmetry to an extent



i much prefer synchronicity personally, then the self titled, then this

pizzamachine
February 12th 2017


13480 Comments


Yeah I was thinking the first track had a Scar Symmetry vibe so I guess my ears are still working lol XD

Ebola
February 12th 2017


2872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

for me, it's

this > s/t >> synchronicity

kingdedethefifth
February 12th 2017


4584 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'm going to be honest all these comparisons to Scar Symmetry are making this sound like a damn good record, certainly has my interest peaked. Good review my man, you have a balance between professional and casual writing that I kind of respect. Good luck on getting staff reviewer (think you told me you wanted to be a staff reviewer.)

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2017


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thx homie

parksungjoon
February 12th 2017


5507 Comments


[2] cone hard

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2017


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

there's nothing wrong with that line as far as I can tell. the band was really vocal about how they believed internet piracy was a large part of their low albums sales around the time of their first record.

kingdedethefifth
February 12th 2017


4584 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The album had some amazing guitar work and drumming. Probably also one of the few albums that has some rather generic rock approach vocals that still are truly enjoyable.

Toondude10
February 12th 2017


11706 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I remember you rec'ing me this band. I did take a look at their first album it was pretty cool. Might check this out.

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