Luxembourg, a small country known for its wealth and low gas, alcohol and cigarettes prices. It’s also the home of Mutiny On The Bounty, an unknown mathrock/postcore outfit. Sadly I missed out on their debut album, however I will redeem myself by reviewing their latest offering, entitled “Trials”. Let’s see whether this record holds any water.
Mutiny On The Bounty brings us an exciting cocktail of mathrock and post core on “Trails”. Imagine a combination of Isis and At The Drive In/The Mars Volta and you’ll have a pretty good idea what this album is all about. It’s quite a daring combination, because both Isis and At The Drive In/The Mars Volta are seen as leading bands within their respective genres. Most of the times it works fairly well, thanks to the considerable songwriting skills of these Luxembourgers. “Shifting Paradigms”, “Shadow Figures” and “Artifacts” are some great examples of what Mutiny On The Bounty is capable of.
Truth be told I’m a bigger fan of the instrumental tracks on this album. It’s in compositions, like “Mapping The Universe”, “North Korea” and the aformentioned “Artifacts” where the true strength of this outfit comes into view. It’s the vocals that hold “Trials” back a little. Various styles are used here, but despite the best efforts by the band, they simply don’t add anything special to the music. Most of the times they’re simply “there”. I perfectly understand that not everyone is gifted with the vocal chords of Mike Patton (Faith No More/Fantomas), James Maynard Keenan (Tool/A Perfect Circle) or Chino Moreno (Deftones), but some more imaginative vocal lines wouldn’t have hurt on “Trials”. Perhaps it’s a better idea to drop the vocals altogether on the next album.
Producer Mat Bayles (Isis, Mastodon, Burnt By The Sun) took care of the production chores. He gave “Trials’ a clear, yet heavy sound. He really added an element of danger to the album.
Mutiny On The Bounty is a band with heaps of potential. They know how to write engaging song material, but there’s certainly room for improvement in the vocal department. Despite this, “Trials” is a solid album within the mathrock and postcore fields. Nice introduction!