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Album Reviews : Mutiny Within – Mutiny Within

By on March 30, 2010

Mutiny WithinMutiny Within are a relatively new 6 piece metal outfit from the United States. They recently joined forces with Roadrunner Records to release their debut self titled album.

The album has a surprisingly odd combination of  progressive, melodic and power metal elements which have been merged with a metalcore twist to create a nice little hybrid which separates Mutiny Within from many of the other melodic metalcore bands coming out from the woodwork.

This random assortment of elements play well and offer a great variety for musical tastes. The introduction of the album is fast and hard hitting. The tracks “Awake” and “Images” give off a contemporary new age metal feel with a mixture of Nevemore and Trivium moments as guitarist Brandon Jacobs offers up some tasty riffage.

“Falling Forever” shows off vocalist Chris Clancy’s high end scream. It’s not something that would shatter the walls of Jericho *hint hint*, but quite impressive none the less. “Year Of Affliction” is a prime example of the band using Within Temptation esque keyboard undertones, which appear quite often throughout the album, along with modern day hardcore and melodic elements. The atmospheric keyboards add a bit more depth to the album.

There are some minor moments of repetition, but thankfully the album does enough to sustain the listener with its various prog, melodic, hardcore and power metal elements. The added benefit of keyboards with a distinct Nightwish and Within Temptation tempo, along with unconventional power metal elements adds great variety. It’s a good album, but its essentially clean cut and radio friendly melodic metal for the Twitter and Facebook generation. 5.5/10

Band: Mutiny Within
Album: Mutiny Within
Year: 2010
Genre: Power/Melodic/Hardcore/Heavy Metal
Origin: United States of America
Label:Roadrunner Records
www.myspace.com/mutinywithin

Tracklisting:

1. Awake
2. Images
3. Falling Forever
4. Year of Affliction <- Reviewer’s Choice
5. Forsaken
6. Lethean
7. Oblivion
8. Undone
9. Hours
10. Suffocate
11.Reflections

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Mitch Booth is the owner, designer and grand overlord of Metal Obsession. In the few seconds of spare time he has outside of this site, he also hosts a metal radio show over on PBS 106.7fm in Melbourne (Australia) and organises shows under the name Untitled Touring. You should follow him on Twitter.