In 2010, Metalholic chose Mutiny Within‘s eponymous debut as its metal “album of the year.” The group’s first effort offered something both familiar and refreshing in a sound that resonated with us. Unfortunately, due to the vagaries of the music industry, and the entitlement of music listeners who opted to illegally download several hundred-thousand copies of the album, Mutiny Within soon found themselves of the Roadrunner Records roster. Mutiny Within‘s sound showcased a unique blend of extreme and melodic metal, and a group of six musicians from both sides of the pond. Founded in New Jersey by bassist and principal songwriter Andrew A.J. Jacobs, he brought in younger brother Brandon Jacobs on guitar, along with drummer Bill Fore, and keyboardist Drew Stavola. To complete the initial line-up he found vocalist Chris Clancy and guitarist Daniel Bage in England, and dragged them to the states. The debut album was produced by Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick) and Jason Suecof (Trivium, Death Angel, Drowning Pool), and the record’s release generated a notable buzz in the industry which brought the band big tours with Arch Enemy and Soilwork.
After losing their label, the members of Mutiny Within moved on with their lives. Clancy returned to England and focused on the production side of music. Brandon and Drew left the band to pursue other goals, and Daniel moved to the U.S. permanently; stretching his talents into the use of keyboards and synthesizers. Bill and A.J. both pushed into real estate, with Fore continuing to work in other projects such as Angel Vivaldi, Vext, and Blinded in Bliss.
Eventually, the quartet of A.J. Clancy, Fore, and Bage began working on a second album, Synchronicity, which released in early 2013. During the making of the first record, the band had recorded some 50 demos, so there was still plenty of music floating around. For the sophomore record, Bage handled all the guitar work and although the band used some keyboards, they were noticeably less prevalent than on the first record. Clancy sang and produced the album, and Fore also contributed the band’s artwork on top of his stick work. The album was well received by fans, prompting the band to consider a future for Mutiny Within.
Fast-forward another four years, and Mutiny Within returns with its third studio album, Origins. The same core group of Clancy, Jacobs, Fore, and Bage handled every aspect of the record. What began as an EP idea of going though the old demos took on a fresh life and new material began surfacing. Fans of Mutiny Within should find Origins to be more of a bridge to the band’s debut effort than Synchronicity was. Fore shared his thoughts in the new record: “In my opinion, this is my favorite album. Our first album was my favorite up until now, and this one is a real testament to who we’ve become in our careers at this point.”
Each member of the band had grown over the years and that impacted the sound of Origins. “With Origins, we tried to go back to the roots with certain things” offered Fore. “but then we also amped it up further than we ever have in certain areas. We have faster things on this album. We have heavier things on this album. We have a lot of even Gothic sounding, choir and chanting things…So we tried to incorporate some new stuff. There’s no record label, so we’re doing what we want with our music. This new album is just an extension of what we wanted to do as a band. We weren’t rushed for time. We weren’t limited to in our abilities in terms of equipment, so we just let it all hang out on this one and we had a great time doing it.”
You can check out the full interview Metalholic did with Bill Fore on President’s Day. We discuss Origins in-depth, as well as his thoughts on the state of the music industry, and much more. He also offers an update on the next Angel Vivaldi record. Listen to Origins below then go BUY a copy!