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Québec, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1999 | INDIE

Québec, Quebec, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1999
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"Mute – “Thunderblast”"

Every once and a while a band who has been around for a while steps it up and releases a blow your mind punk rock record. In this case, Québec City natives Mute released “The Raven” in 2008 and it is in my opinion one of the best skate punk albums of all time. So what does a band do in approaching their next record? Stick to the same formula but work on individual aspects of each song and improve them in every way possible but at the same time not recreate the same album twice. Mute has done this with “Thunderblast.” Is it as good as “The Raven”? Yes. Is it one of the best skate punk albums of all time? Well, time will only tell if it picks up that classic album status.

The first track, “Motel Bates” picks up right where “The Raven” left off with a metal-ish open into a hi-hat tap accompanied with the harmonious vocals and tech guitars that Mute is known for. After blasting through the introductory track off “Thunderstruck” it is easy to see that it is proportional to the sound they created on “The Raven.”

This record didn’t surprise me like its predecessor did only because I knew what to expect and I knew that these French-Canadian dudes were going to put forth the energy to make an even more solid record. Although the album as a whole isn’t surprising they did manage to slip in an unexpected gem in the form of a cover of Mr. Big’s “To Be With You.” If you think you don’t know the song I can almost guarantee that you do. Mute took the gospel sounding rock ballad and adapted it to their brand of fast melodic skate punk. If you didn’t know it was a cover you could pass it off as one of their own. These guys are four talented dudes but this song really showcases their vocal abilities. The high pitch scream at the end rules and would make Fubar’s Terry and Dean’er jealous.

The cover shows that they experimented a little more and took some chances on this record. A couple chances that were also taken are on two slow tracks. “Neon Valley” is one of the slowest Mute songs and has a guitar riff that gives off a Pulley/Strung Out feel. The pre-chorus and chorus are still technical, especially for a slow song, but keep that melodic feel for the duration of the song. “Homesick and Tired” is as Mute as you can get but on a slower level and has an exceptional female vocalist contributing some back up vocals. They also brought a dude into the studio to record some gravelly sounding vocals on the song “Calcul(h)ating.”

Although those might be small risks, it really shows the band is not trying to recreate the same piece of art twice. The bigger risk or the most experimentation is done on the epic song “Shadow Of A Doubt.” The song is epic because of its length clocking in at 10:13, which is very rare for a skate punk band. It’s dynamic enough to keep it from dragging on and feeling too long. About half way through they switch it up and slow it down with some clean picking until the gang vocals pick it up again. The two different parts flow together seamlessly and make it feel like two different songs joined in perfect symmetry.

“Thunderblast” is flawless and you really couldn’t ask for more. Face melting technical guitar riffs? Check. Melodic vocals? Check. Blistering drums? Check. Rhythm to move to? Check. “Thunderblast” is well on it’s way to becoming a classic staple in Canadian punk rock. - Dying Scene


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Fast, technical, and melodic are just a few words that the punk rock community uses to describe MUTEs music. Composed of Marc-Antoine Bastien, tienne Dionne, Jean-Philippe Lamonde and Alexis Trpanier, MUTE has spent the last 15 years taking a 100% DIY approach to bringing its music to the masses! The group has four albums under its belt - Blueprints (2001), Sleepers (2004), The Raven (2008) and Thunderblast (2011) that have been distributed in North America, Brazil, Japan and Europe. The band has also filmed five music videos over the course of their career.

MUTE has played more than 500 concerts in Canada, in the United States of America, in South America and in Europe. The group was fortunate enough to share the stage with bands like Bad Religion and The Offspring, and to tour with bands like Rise Against and Strung Out.

Tireless and faithful to its devoted and hardworking DIY ethics, MUTE has no intention of slowing down. With a Mexican tour (Spring 2014), and another Eastern Canada tour (Summer 2014), MUTE is, and will remain, a force to be reckoned with in the punk rock world You have been warned! 

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