Friday, August 5, 2011

Blast(beat) from the Past: Mumakil

The Stop Whining EP

Blastbeat Mailmurder

Ponder the following analogy, if you will:

The Stop Whining EP: Customized Warfare :: Obscured By Clouds: Dark Side of the Moon.

Not only is Mumakil’s awesomely titled debut slab o’wax, The Stop Whining EP, one of the best named releases ever conceived, it is a near-perfect dry run of the subsequent grindcore smartbomb, Customized Warfare. Plus song titles (for the most part)! Early on it bears all the hallmarks of the band’s later development into a Euro-grind powerhouse.
This artifact from the Swiss Misters’ Neolithic past is carved from 12 giant blocks of super-dense granite grind that lacks the rounded edges of niceties of some of their later efforts. In fact, it sounds a tad like Circle of Dead Children’s pigsquealed death/grind brawl in spots. From the very first, Mumakil were compositionally gifted. “Tavernik Growl” bucks a groove like a pony that’s never been broken to the saddle. It paces and lopes with a rush of exhilaration and combative attitude.
However, Mumakil were still a young band and there was the occasional misstep. “Breu Breu,” which kicks off the second side is a thudding dud that threatens to bring the whole EP to a dead stop. It’s a poorly thought out doorstop of a tune that mopes in place without going anywhere in particular. But those are exactly the kind of growing pains to be expected before a band hits it stride. They got all of that out of their system before hitting the studio for Customized Warfare. So, if Behold the Failure wasn’t your thing, stop yer damn whining and give Mumakil’s earliest efforts a spin.

[Full disclosure: Blastbeat Mailmurder sent me a review copy.]


Perpetual Strife said...

Reading this, the whole time I thought "But Behold the Failure sucked!" I'm happy you knocked me off my high horse. I'll be sure to check this out.

Andrew Childers said...

i can understand why some people didn't click with behold the failure (i appreciate that it had almost no pig squeals), but most people should be able to get behind stop whining/customized warfare.

Bill Willingham IV, Esquire said...

Yeah, something about Behold put me off. I don't really know what. It just seemed too slick, too polished. I'll give their earlier shit a go and then run through Behold again after that.