Mutiny On The Bounty: Trials

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Anyone with even the slightest grip on hallmarks of the post-hardcore scene can’t fail to instantly recognise them on the second album by Luxembourg’s Mutiny On The Bounty. The frantic, schizophrenic prog guitar wig-outs perfected by The Fall Of Troy permeate Trials, and the impressionistic, finger-jabbing vocal style of At The Drive-In’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala is evoked consistently in drummer/vocalist Sasha Schmitz’s spittle-spraying, apoplectic ranting.

But if you’re going to take inspiration, take it from the best, and Mutiny On The Bounty have certainly done that. When not carbon-copying their heroes, they create moments that hint at their own personality.

The Long Loud Silence is a glitchy, drama-soaked instrumental proving they’re as comfy in the realm of post-rock as in the more emotionally fraught tradition of post-hardcore bloodletting, although lyrics like ’We are our own parasite’ on Statues anchor us firmly in horror-at-the-world angst.

The bedroom production job may be appalling and at odds with the shouty ambition here, but those who love a little punk rock attitude in their prog will find these Trials anything but hard work.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.