“The album radiates a fresh and progressive approach in the songwriting department combined with a fragile but serene production, which is its strongest statement, countering all that is safe and overblown.”
Introducing album review number five at Extreme Metal Voyager! This one´s a bit left-field when you think of a tag like “Extreme Metal Voyager”. Nevertheless, “mut” is quite extreme in a chronological sense, which sees UK´s chameleons Code shed their former Black Metal skin completely while gaining a whole new area on which to employ their always explorative and daredevil like songwriting.
I find it greatly captivating when a band tries out new things and doesn´t concern itself about limits. As mentioned already, to go from Black Metal to something resembling Progressive Post Rock is an interesting development and a bold one to make in such an elite oriented music fan climate, where every note is being judged. In my opinion, “mut” is a success. The album radiates a fresh and progressive approach in the songwriting department combined with a fragile but serene production, which is its strongest statement, countering all that is safe and overblown.
The songs themselves give off a feel that´s sophisticated and somewhat claustrophobic but with enough melody and swaying meditative atmospheres, preventing the full soundscape to become panicky or frenzied. “Dialogue” and “Afflictions” are the best examples my mind can outline in this moment. Vocals change from calm to desperate, almost beseeching, giving the rather intellectual lyrics a provoking caliber arching over the elaborate arrangements.
The sweeping melancholy of “The Bloom In The Blast” finishes an album that is extremely uncatchy at first, but soon enough unfolds into a well balanced, exciting and enigmatic music experience. Once again it´s proven that some of Metal and Rock´s most trailblazing works are created in the UK. Needless to say, I´m extremely “chuffed” about this album (that includes the band´s prior works as well), ridiculously clever band. Over and out! 9/10
1. On Blinding Larks
6. Inland Sea
8. Numb, An Author
9. The Bloom In The Blast