LP with printed inner sleeve + download card. MUTOID MAN is an incredibly talented trio featuring Stephen Brodsky (CAVE IN) on guitar and vocals, Ben Koller (CONVERGE, ALL PIGS MUST DIE) on drums and Nick Cageao on bass. This is no self-indulgent sonic experiment, no tepid throwaway-track recycling project, no musical 180° into cringe-worthy territory. Instead, MUTOID MAN offers up the best of Brodsky and Koller’s respective worlds. Brodsky distills the melodicism and metallurgy of CAVE IN into a concentrated elixir of frantic fretboard work, big riffs, and undeniable vocal hooks. Koller continues to batter his drums with unmatched force and dexterity. With the recruitment of bassist Nick Cageao and his driving low-end growl, MUTOID MAN quickly established themselves as one of the dominant new power trios in the world of heavy music. While the band’s EP Helium Head (2013) wasn’t a severe sonic departure from its makers’ previous endeavors, it still offered up a kind of frenzied excitement and ecstatic energy that was new territory for its members. With their debut full-length, Bleeder, MUTOID MAN proves that the euphoric fury of their EP was no fluke. Recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios, Bleeder builds upon the triumphant barrage of Helium Head with bigger production, increased ferocity, and the bolstered confidence from writing as a three-piece unit. The album sounds like a gluttonous orgy of every metal indulgence the band has held since junior high school. It’s as if there was an amalgam of all these realms of heavy rock music that hadn’t yet been attempted, and MUTOID MAN have nailed it with such precision that it comes across like a grand epiphany. Bleeder confirms that MUTOID MAN are an imposing force regardless of their pedigree. Once the album launches into the first riff of “Bridgeburner”, there is no surrender, no apologies, and no relenting until the final crash and chug of the closing title track. Clocking in at just under half-an-hour, Bleeder seizes upon the same concentrated ferocity of classics like Reign In Blood. And with songs as good as these, Bleeder is sure to become a classic in its own right.