Mutant - _Eden Burnt to Ashes_
by: Brian Meloon (5 out of 5)
Mutant is a black metal side project of Peter and Henrik from Theory in Practice [CoC #23]. The music is of the extremely fast and technical variety, putting Mutant right alongside bands like Abigor and In Battle. The playing is exceptional, with fast and interesting drumming, and agile guitar work. Keyboards are used sparingly for atmosphere, and are well done. The songs offer a good variety of feels and tempos, and they each have their own character. The first three songs are very fast and technical, yet even a little catchy. "Dark Spheres" is more of a mid-paced, atmospheric style, and "Abduct to Mutate" finishes off the demo with a sound more reminiscent of Theory in Practice. The music changes at various paces, allowing the band to explore some musical ideas, and yet generally avoid repetitiveness. Some sections do drag on a little bit, but for the most part, the songs change fast enough that they don't get boring. In addition, there are a number of particularly tricky changes that help keep the listener off balance. The production is crystal clear: all of the instruments are readily audible. This is truly excellent black metal, and is highly recommended for fans of technical metal of all varieties. The band has recently signed a deal for a debut CD that will be put out by Listenable Records this fall.

Contact: Peter Sjoberg, Orrvagen 7, 81132, Sandviken, Sweden

(article published 15/6/1999)

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