The sound of Mutoid Man is not something easily explained. The best I can come up with is “’80s metal mashed up with Nintendo game music, but with more hooks and a ton of guitar effects.” Formed in NYC by Boston expats Steve Brodsky (Cave In) and Ben Koller (Converge), Mutoid has cranked out two and a half albums of catchy, hyperactive metal within a short span of time. 2015’s excellent Bleeder gained some recognition here at AMG, and now the band returns with that crucial third album, entitled War Moans.
Opening cuts “Melt Your Mind” and “Bone Chain” are all sugar-coated melodies beneath a crunchy shell of aggressive drums and distorted bass. If Voivod and Muse joined forces to drink entire cases of Tenafly Viper, the result would probably sort of sound like this. The word “immediate” comes to mind, as most of the album’s tracks clock in at under three minutes, and don’t waste much time getting their point across.