Mutation III – Dark Black

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Get angry, or go home…

Released through Undergroove on 21 June 2017 and reviewed by Ian Savage 

To call this record ’not for the faint-hearted’ is on the same kinda level as saying that suspension body mods ’aren’t for everyone’ or “maybe you shouldn’t try scarification without a warm-up”. The third offering from the Mutation project (the brainchild, literally-speaking, of Wildhearts frontman Ginger, this time primarily collaborating with Exit International’s Scott Lee Andrews) is a… how can I put this… BRUTAL AS FUCK prospect, pursuing their collective darkest ideas, and the mental problems which each happily(?) admit they’ve been clinically diagnosed with.

The single-word titles are pretty revealing of each songs’ content, and in that they give more of a ‘poetry set to extreme music’ than anything that Ginger’s put into any of his myriad other projects. When the usually amiable Geordie twang breaks though the dry-throated screams it’s to offer your subconscious a knife-fight rather than a comforting pint; the sheer rawness of the production leaves no breathing space.

The band describe this record as “going method” – thoroughly embracing their most anti-social and potentially damaging thoughts, and putting them on tape, because “no-one can tell us it’s too fucked-up”. We certainly can’t; frankly, this record could go down as a time-capsule of modern Britain as potent as the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks, if future generations were able to penetrate the punishing production.

There’s no let-up whatsoever – it’s blast-beats most of the way in a fashion that Slipknot never dared in case it threatened their radio-play, with ridiculous time and tempo changes, and guests including Devin Townsend, Phil Campbell, Jon Poole (Cardiacs), Jaime Oliver (UK Subs) and Paul Catten (Barnabas / Bed Wetter). This is hideous, in the best possible sense of the term; if it’s not your thing, you’ll know within ten seconds or so of the video.

Should you be drawn in, don’t blame me if you end up examining your own sense of self in society and whether you’re actually a ‘normal person’ – blame the people who made this particular piece of modern-metal-distopic-performance-art. They’ll apparently be touring it, if you’re brave enough. Be brave.

Mutation III – Dark BlackTrack list:

  1. “.”
  2. Authenticity
  3. Toxins
  4. Devolution
  5. Irritant
  6. Skint
  7. Hate
  8. Victim
  9. Dogs
  10. Deterioration
  11. Toxins (Caravan Tapes)
  12. Victim (Caravan Tapes)