Released: Feb. 22, 2010
Mutiny Within, from Edison, New Jersey, started out as a Children of Bodom cover band. A mixed genre band, they have been described as metalcore, progressive metal, alternative metal and melodic death metal amongst others. One thing is for certain, they are METAL! Over the years the lineup has changed but the sound has gotten better.
Founding member and bassist, Andrew Jacobs is now the lone original member. Brandon Jacobs, Andrew’s younger brother, joined as lead guitarist. After seeing a YouTube video of Chris Clancy, they wooed him over from England. Bill Fore jumped on board as an extremely talented, energetic drummer. Dan Bage, Clancy’s college friend from England, joined the band later and he can shred with the best of them!
Clancy compares the band’s sound to Killswitch Engage, Dream Theater and Bullet for My Valentine.
In 2009, WWE wrestler Evan Bourne began using “Born to Win” as his theme song.
Our editor, has a man crush on Mutiny Within and considers this album one of the best, if not the best CD, of 2010. While it’s still too early to tell, I’m certainly not going to argue with his passion for this band, and I agree it should be among the year’s best. You can listen to his interview with A.J. and decide for yourself.
Now on to their debut, self-titled album, released through Roadrunner Records. The album came out in the states two months ago, but U.K. fans just got the official release this week.
The first thing that becomes obvious as you listen to the first track, “Awake,” is that these are very talented musicians. They may not have the most original riffs, but their songs meld with great timing, intricate guitars, earthshaking drums and impressive vocals. The keyboards add a refreshing touch that sets them apart from (perhaps a step above) most metal bands. Killer melodies are frequent and well-placed with excellent timing. The only negative with this album is how short the songs are (Only one track is over four minutes long) but the impressive content certainly overrides this point.
Track two, “Images,” is very up-tempo with thundering rhythm, impressive riffs and sweet melodies and features some of the heaviest vocals Clancy offers.
A quick flashback in time as the third track, “Falling Forever,” starts out with an 80’s hair band scream but that’s the extent of time travel. An excellent blend of melodies, heaviness and smooth vocals ensures this should be a hit.
Clancy has impressive vocals, but I would have liked to see him take more risks with his incredible vocal range which he does show briefly in several songs. He does this well in the fourth track, “Year of Affliction.” You should hear this song played on all radio stations, it’s that good. The dual guitarists show their talent with killer solos. Heavy rhythm, rangy vocals and brain-pounding drums interwoven with melodic guitar, great lyrics and well-timed tempo changes make it my favorite track on the album.
“Oblivion” is definitely one of the top tracks on this record. Waves of melodies, heavy drums and Clancy’s blend of clean vocals and growls (even a few screams) make this an excellent track and it should be in your list of favorites.
“Suffocate” is the longest track on this album at 4:37 long and features some of the band’s hardest thrashing and heavy drums. I believe Clancy could have used his vocal range a little more on this one, but it’s still an impressive track.
The eleventh track, “Reflections,” is one of the heaviest. Screaming vocals roll over to a smooth and catchy chorus. Bill Fore treats you with the most powerful drums on this album making this another favorite of mine.
This is a powerful and very impressive debut album; it will kick your ass from beginning to end. It stays pretty heavy throughout and the band’s talent is never in question. Since they have written over 50 songs already, I’m sure this is just a small preview of what’s ahead and I look for them to enjoy great success. These guys should draw large crowds as well as a huge fan base yet they are still heavy enough to appeal to hardcore metalheads.
3. Falling Forever
4. Year of Affliction
Special edition bonus tracks:
12. Losing Sight
13. The End
14. Images (Live)
15. Lethean (live)
Mutiny Within is:
Chris Clancy – Vocals
Brandon Jacobs – Guitars
Dan Bage – Guitars
Andrew Jacobs – Bass, Backing Vocals
Bill Fore – Drums
Andrew Stavola – Keyboards