MUTANT SCUM: Self-titled: LP

May 20, 2019

When I looked at this one, my first thought was “please don’t be thrash metal.” Well, it’s not! But sometimes it leans on that genre a bit. The cover was done by the same artist who does stuff for Municipal Waste and Mastodon, which is what made my brain wanna categorize it before listening. Surprising, for me at least, it’s as sludgy as the cover is slimy: heavy guitar, droney guttural vocals, mid-tempo drumming. And then they kick things into gear for a few good measures. Some of the songs are a bit thrashy in the middle—in the Sleep tribute style that most of their songs take on. I love the underground mutants in the sewer theme. While the harder, hair farmer stuff isn’t really my thing, I do like a good schtick. All the songs are mutant/underground/sewer themed. Like if C.H.U.D. was a band. –Kayla Greet (Handstand)