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Who says thrash is dead? - 95%

necrocrush, May 29th, 2009

The whole thrash revival thing has been getting a lot of flak from some people for rehashing old ideas instead of coming up with something new, but you can't accuse Mutant of doing that. They've got their own brand of kinda technical, kinda progressive thrash that doesn't really sound like anything else, and happens to be pretty fucking good as well. The vocals are brilliant, the riffs even better, and you can even hear the bass most of the time. The drums are pretty good, but get mainly overshadowed by the gutiars for most of the album, which is a pity because there's some good bits in there. Such is life.

The first track, Scrap Brain Zone, is probably the second best off the EP, and is even better live. It has a brilliant intro section, and keeps the pace up for the whole 5 minutes or so, along with the best soloing out of all 4 tracks. If you don't feel the urge to start headbanging madly within the first 20 seconds, this band is not for you.

Laserdrome has another brilliant opening, but slacks up a bit further in. This all gets fixed around the halfway mark with one of the twiddly sounding riffs Mutant do so well followed by another amazing solo and an outro that makes you want to smash things.

Despite the name, Turbo Hyper Ultra Mega Power is another bloody good one and markedly heavier than the first two. It's also a fair bit more technical sounding, and has the best drumming of the EP. The vocals are also very impressive, veering into full on screaming in a few bits, but the track has the misfortune of being put before The Rauncher, so for me it's almost completely overshadowed.

Speaking of which, the last track is the best by quite a big margin, and the rest of the EP by itself is already bloody good stuff. It starts off with a quite melodic, high pitched riff, with the bass coming through nicely, before suddenly morphing into one of those riffs that sticks in your head forever just because of how badass it is. After a bit of faster paced and equally brilliant stuff, it then changes completely again into another melodic riff, and a kind of quasi-solo, then back into a repeat of the intro. One final solo over the best riff of the album, and it's over. Despite being over 5 minutes long, The Rauncher always feels like it has finished too early, which is about the only negative thing I can say about it.

Seeing you can get this EP for a fiver, there's really no excuse not to. Unless you consider music without blastbeats and growling to be worthless trash, you WILL like it, if not love it, and the last song by itself is one of the best things to come out of the British metal scene since Bolt Thrower. There's not much higher praise I can offer than that, so I won't bother trying.

Buy it!