Welcome to the musical meandering insights of Aaron Joy. Here you'll find 600 reviews of CDs & DVDs of rock & metal in all its variations, mainstream & indie. What they all share is that the album or band is unique in some way & not every submission was reviewed. Please share these reviews or link to them if you like what you read. Reviews are no longer being posted here but feel free to e-mail Aaron & post comments. (Formerly the Roman Midnight Music Blog)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mr Bungle ~ Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny (EP)



(No official website.)
Style: death metal, experimental metal, speed metal
Label: self-released
Year: 1986
Home: California (disbanded)

Members: Mike Patton ~ vocals/bongos/whistles/bass
Trevor Dunn ~ bass/kazoo/b. vocals/guitar
Trey Spruance ~ guitar/b. vocals
Jed Watts ~ drums/harmonica/b. vocals
Theo Lengyel ~ sax
Martin Fosnaugh ~ jew's harp



This is first of four self-produced demo albums Mr. Bungle put out before finally being picked up by a major label in 1991. This quasi-obscurity shows the strong death & speed metal roots of this under-appreciated band. Though, hints of unconventionality already seep through, something the band would become famous for & develop further in later years, through interesting arrangements, instrumentation & vocal variation. 'Hypocrites' has a hard-core ska bridge with chorus vocals, while opener 'Grizzly Adams' is an odd 2 guitar instrumental that sounds like the soundtrack to a B budget horror movie & 'Evil Satan' is an almost laughable poseur's funk metal ode to Satan. It's always interesting to see a band in their primary stages. This album, the title famously reflective of when it was recorded, also features shouting vocals of Mike Patton who later fronted Faith No More. His work with FNM is much better. The highlight of this album for me is really the song titles: 'Anarchy Up Your Ass' & 'Spreading The Thighs Of Death'. Poetry! Pure Bungled poetry!


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