Wednesday, January 14, 2015

@apartofhim's Top 20 of 2014 - #7 Mutoid Man "Helium Head"

For fans of Cave-In -like myself- we can't get enough of front man Stephen Brodski's work. Be it traditional Cave-In or his solo work, his high screaming vocals layered atop the unique top end, dream-like metal guitar, puts fans into a state of post-hardcore euphoria. Teaming up with Ben Koller of Converge and All Pigs Must Die to create Mutoid Man, only means more of what the Cave-In fans crave!'s Bryne had this to say:
Based on the pedigree of their members, Helium Head is more or less exactly what fans would expect, but the familiarity doesn't make the trip any less fun. These songs–just seven of them in about 16 minutes–twist and turn with the furiously reckless abandon of Koller's most affecting work with Converge, and contain enough doubletime Sabbath-in-the-space-age riffs from Brodsky to satiate any Cave In enthusiast. "Gnarcissist," "Scavengers" and the especially excellent "Sacriledge" blaze by in mathy bursts, with loads of frantically calculated drumming and lightspeed guitar-tapping. Brodsky's vocals are distorted throughout, which oddly make the standout moments such like his Robert Plant-esque howl on "Scrape The Walls" all the more memorable. Read the rest at

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