MUTILATED TONGUE – Fuel The Flame LP (2019)
I’m pretty out of touch with what has been happening in the DIY hardcore/punk scene for a few years now. I can tell you this though..this shit is straight up fucking refreshingly awesome. Total C.O.C. Animosity worship vox happening here…It’s blatant, and great! Who doesn’t love Mike Dean 80s era Corrosion Of Conformity?
I mean almost everything about this record is godly, and almost perfect (I’ll get into the almost perfect part later).
The musicianship on this is stellar, and you can tell when dropping the needle onto the wax that these folks are vets. The drums don’t stop pounding, this dude is able to do it all. Heavy toms, fast beats, slow beats all caught on a totally raw but pro recording. It almost makes me wish I lived in Oakland to take some drum lessons from this hero (I said almost). The song writing is ferociously brilliant. I love the short little melodic Discharge guitar leads that are thrown in. This record flys by and is almost over as soon as it starts.
It is hard to imagine that this can be pulled off live due to the fact that they are a three piece, and the guitarist sings. Thats always a tough one to do. Again though, these folks are vets, and they are probably pulling it off.
I mentioned “almost perfect” at the beginning of this review. Well the almost for me is the band name… It has had me standoffish about whether this could be good from the moment I heard of them. Guess what? After three listens now, I’m starting to warm up to the name a little. I’d love to know the origin of it or what it really means to the people involved. Not a band shirt I could wear to pick up my daughter from school. I guess thats the point though, right?
I’m not going to get into all the ex bands that this group have on their resume. The music speaks for itself and really doesn’t need that hype. Just go buy this and support the people involved in making this happen. (NW)
Justin Dratson: JD Nate Wilson: NW Matt Average: MA