Mutoid Man
Bleeder


4.5
superb

Review

by Ben STAFF
December 31st, 2022 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An ode to all that is m/

Very few -core albums manage to do/be/achieve quite as much as 2015’s Bleeder, all the while retaining such a seamless and disarming air of listenability. My money’s on front(mad)man Stephen Brodsky as the key to it all: jack of all trades and, somehow, master of just about all of them too. He croons and yelps, shreds and chuggas, simultaneously and relentlessly, across each and every joyous, jagged, genre-bending barnburner here - showcasing a composure and charisma as lead singer-guitarist rarely seen in this post-legends era. His results may vary, but include the NWOBHM-ish romp of “Bridgeburner”, bluesy stone(d) monster within “Dead Dreams” and the twin proverbial noodle-city and riff-mountain occupied by “Soft Spot…” and “Surveillance”. I could go on - given each terrific track here deserves a similarly reductive word-salad summation and then some - but there’s just so much of what makes heavy music heavy music packed within these lean 29-minutes of metalcore buffoonery to justify your full perusal (such that you can fill in the blanks for yourself). Certainly, Brodsky can’t take all the credit - Ben Koller is, after all, Ben fucking Koller, and in top rhythmic form throughout Bleeder (I’m also told a bassist was involved) - yet when his (Brodsky’s) light shines quite so awfully bright, it can sometimes be hard to see the bigger picture.

… which is this: Mutoid Man’s meticulous debut rocks socks like a house on fire, ablaze at the end of all things, stalling out the apocalypse only by the sheer epicness with which it riffs. The jams here are, simply (recklessly) put, timeless, epitomizing and/or enshrining all that big-loud-fast-noise-grr music can and should be. Case in point: if you, my like-minded meat-head, are left anything less than awestruck by the old-school solo-ing and sludge-stuffed kabooming that concludes the closer then you are dead inside and should seek immediate medical treatment. Lashed together with suitably goofy comic book thematics and sporting some of the best damn album pacing in a solid minute: Bleeder remains (in this less-than-humble music ‘critic’’s opinion) the most fun you can have with half an hour of vaguely metallic music, period (sorry ETID). Please listen to it now and you are more than welcome.



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DDDeftoneDDD
December 31st 2022


22562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Totally agree. Its their best after all

botb
December 31st 2022


18057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah great review for a great album

Kompys2000
Emeritus
December 31st 2022


9489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

About damn time this got a thread. Bridgeburner man what a fuckin OPENER, went so crazy live too

Thor
January 1st 2023


10357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The title track at 4:05 is one of the best riffs of the past ten years

denboy
January 2nd 2023


1224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic album, only weakness is that the opening and closing track completely eclipses everything else on the album. (Which is a weird thing to complain about, admittedly)



Amazing live band too

denboy
January 2nd 2023


1224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anyone ever watched 2 minutes to late night? Delightfully kitschy metal version of a late night show, featuring Mutoid Man as the house band. Sadly cut short by covid https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPWlN3tCy7DO3YyMxiaqUKZAZSoZOU1fd





Kompys2000
Emeritus
January 2nd 2023


9489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

2M2LN is a treasure lmao the cover of purple rain they did with John Baizley is straight up my favorite performance of that song to date



https://youtu.be/T5PXu34mYGA

XingKing
January 5th 2023


16181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn near flawless album

FadedSun
January 6th 2023


3196 Comments


Great band

SomeCallMeTim
January 6th 2023


4358 Comments


I remember my friend and I seeing these guys open for Boris in 2017 and us both being really unimpressed, even kinda annoyed

FadedSun
January 6th 2023


3196 Comments


What, really? I saw them open for Boris on Halloween night that year, and they killed it. Doomriders also opened. It was an insane lineup.

XingKing
January 6th 2023


16181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These guys are incredible live

SomeCallMeTim
January 7th 2023


4358 Comments


Lol Faded we were at the same show then, at the Brighton Music Hall?

FadedSun
January 7th 2023


3196 Comments


Haha yeah! I was there. I've seen Boris in the Boston area a dumb amount of times.

SomeCallMeTim
January 7th 2023


4358 Comments


Their last show back in September was stupidly amazing

Ecnalzen
May 23rd 2023


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ohmygoodness, I didn't know this finally got a review



fantastic

SmashIsTheWay94
June 14th 2023


2257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New song is Mutoid Man as usual, which means it rips



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