I was excited to see Mutoid Man as I’ve been a fan of guitarist Stephen Brodsky’s Cave In since their first record many years ago. As many know by now, Brodsky’s latest project is quite different from Cave In and his later project, Pet Genius, though the guitar and the vocal sounds in Mutoid Man are signature Brodsky. While Stephen was know for an intense amount of diversity in his Cave In work – as the band released records that ranged from punishing post-hardcore to space rock to more accessible melodic rock – they all contained a distinct edge. (If you really want to hear something rather unique check out Cave In’s cover of “I Love I Jah” on the 1999 tribute to the Bad Brains released on Century Media). Mutoid Man, as they showed a very impressed Philly crowd last Friday, are definitely metal with a good dose of punk in the attitude department but with some pop/rock appeal. And they are all energy, all the time.
Sep 07 Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom* Sep 08 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory* Sep 09 Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater* Sep 11 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount* Sep 12 Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheatre* Sep 14 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre* Sep 15 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore* Oct 31 Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall^ Nov 01 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw^ Nov 04 Durham, NC @ Motorco^ Nov 05 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse^ Nov 07 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell)^ Nov 08 Nashville, TN @ Exit / In^
You may not have heard of Mutoid Man, but it seems like just about everyone else has. Not only does this Brooklyn-based outfit’s sensational new album, War Moans, feature special guest guitar icon Marty Friedman, but they’ve already earned the ultimate stamp of rock and roll legitimacy—their own signature guitars.
Sludgy, frenetic, and surprisingly melodic, Mutoid Man serves up nasty, heavy jams with a side of skilled riffage. Their latest release, War Moans, is 12-tracks worth of head spinning metal aptitude, so of course, we here at the Deli were very curious as to what kind of gear went into making their signature gut-busting sound. – by Olivia Sisinni
What feelings, events, people, records, inspired your latest album War Moans?
Feelings of joy, persistence, happiness, and gleeful rage are all present on War Moans. We found lots of musical inspiration from our peers on the road last year, sharing the stage with Baroness, Gwar, Converge, etc… and of course, when Chelsea Wolfe and Marty Friedman are down to collab on your album, it’s hard not to be stoked.
Can you talk a bit about the themes that encompass this release?
The perversion of sex occupies our day-to-day in some shape or form, from product advertising to the the fact that any type of porn is accessible within seconds on our handheld devices. War Moansacknowledges this perversion and celebrates it having a home in the world of rock ‘n’ roll, continuing the tradition of this being a perfectly acceptable place for all forms of sexual expression.
Was there a person outside the band that had an important role in shaping your sound?
Kurt Ballou who recorded War Moans and also our previous album Bleeder is a good suck filter – we welcome his oftentimes blunt manner of guiding the production and occasional song writing, which usually leads to us doing better work.