Mutoid Man
War Moans


4.5
superb

Review

by Ebola USER (26 Reviews)
June 13th, 2017 | 230 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blow me a kiss.

Mutoid Man play metal. Granted, that umbrella label encompasses much of my musical consumption, but there’s something about the swagger these guys bring to the table that’s undeniably metal in its purest, rawest form. Propelled by youthful exuberance and instrumental ferocity, Mutoid Man, though not necessarily boasting the heaviest sound in the world, brandish the spirit of metal in a manner unmatched by their contemporaries.

War Moans is fun. In this era of ultra-serious tough guy posturing within heavy music, it’s refreshing to hear a band sit down, write some lighthearted tunes, and crank out riffs like it’s nobody’s business. With that being said, Mutoid Man have more to offer than attitude; War Moans is a surprisingly versatile record, dabbling in styles from stoner rock to traditional metal to thrash. The Slayer-tinged title track proves perhaps the best example of this versatility--an ode to “War Ensemble” in terms of both instrumentation and lyricism, it’s a very different animal than the tracks that precede it. Yet, despite this, it’s no less effective.

Though they rarely stick to one style, Mutoid Man’s tracks generally reside on a Voivod-meets-stoner rock foundation. The more straightforward rockers like “Melt Your Mind” and “Irons in the Fire” largely stick to this formula, while “Afterlife” and “Kiss of Death” build a more aggressive structure upon the groundwork. Emotional closer “Bandages” represents an even starker change of pace, a full-fledged ballad that heats up only for its climactic finish.

Though War Moans’ lyrical themes are all over the place, Mutoid Man avoid any substantial missteps. The extremely graphic nature of “Date with the Devil” is certainly a bit jarring, but the band just manage to skate the fine line between comedy and gratuitous sexual debauchery. It’s a line upon which they appear more than comfortable, as album highlight “Kiss of Death,” though a tad juvenile, is too damn catchy and fun to deny.

This catchiness pervades everything Mutoid Man touch. The first track to the last, from every riff to every chorus, lodge themselves within the listener’s subconscious and spread throughout the central nervous system like a glorious metal parasite. These songs are simply undeniable in such a way that only a select few in recent memory can match. War Moans is a damn near flawless collection of creative, buoyant rockers that simply refuses to falter or flatline. Boasting riffs and imagination in spades, it’s a rare reminder that bands can experiment and progress without sacrificing personality.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ebola
June 13th 2017


4522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Legitimate AOTY contender. Don't miss this one.

butcherboy
June 13th 2017


9464 Comments


Great write-up.. still need to check this.. Ppposs

butcherboy
June 13th 2017


9464 Comments


Great write-up.. still need to check this.. Ppposs

butcherboy
June 13th 2017


9464 Comments


Great write-up.. still need to check this.. Ppposs

butcherboy
June 13th 2017


9464 Comments


Great write-up.. still need to check this.. Ppposs

Ebola
June 13th 2017


4522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you and nice quadruple post!

butcherboy
June 13th 2017


9464 Comments


I was that excited.. also my phone kept reloading

hansoloshotfirst
June 13th 2017


1580 Comments


saw them once as a support act and was left pretty unimpressed.

Ebola
June 13th 2017


4522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Who was the headliner?

Pajolero
June 14th 2017


1428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This year's most stupid fun metal record. I can headbang to Kiss of Death like a damn caveman all day.

Deathconscious
June 14th 2017


27362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

still only heard Helium Head but holy fuck that EP blew me away, i cant fucking wait to hear their full lengths.

botb
June 15th 2017


17905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Riffs

Spec
June 15th 2017


39507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

4days

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2017


32047 Comments


Good job Brodsky and co., this bangs.

+1 for Chelsea Wolfe on Bandages.

DoofusWainwright
June 21st 2017


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hope Royal Blood are paying attention to this one

Ebola
June 21st 2017


4522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is the new Royal Blood album really that offensive? Their debut was pretty okay

DoofusWainwright
June 21st 2017


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It gave me nothing, this isn't a world beater but it shows what you need to make an impression

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2017


32047 Comments


Exactly Doof. They do nothing new, but I feel they bring some kind of nostalgia stuff to the table. The album feels like watching an 80s b-movie.

Deathconscious
June 22nd 2017


27362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk, their sound is all over the place, i dont think they sound much like anyone else.

Ecnalzen
July 9th 2017


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I always thought Brodsky had a cool/interesting voice, but damn I never knew he could sing and play guitar like this until Mutoid Man came around.



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