Genghis Tron - Dead Mountain Mouth (Cover Artwork)

Genghis Tron

Genghis Tron: Dead Mountain MouthDead Mountain Mouth (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Genghis Tron's debut EP, Cloak of Love was overflowing with promise, but seemed like more of a demonstration of unique concepts and striking musicianship than a fully realized record. It switched rapidly back and forth between mellow techno beats and crazy-ass grind-tapping, with some aesthetically .
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Genghis Tron's debut EP, Cloak of Love was overflowing with promise, but seemed like more of a demonstration of unique concepts and striking musicianship than a fully realized record. It switched rapidly back and forth between mellow techno beats and crazy-ass grind-tapping, with some aesthetically pleasing throat-rippers above it. Cloak of Love introduced the hardcore/metal underground to the concept that extreme music can be both viscerally intense and polished, and that production values doesn't diminish the impact that grind can have. Unfortunately, its genre-mashing seemed like a gimmick, and I listened to it mostly for laughs.

Still, I was hyped as all unholy hell when I heard they were writing a full-length. It was surrounded with hype describing how the album is a departure from their previous work, moving from the dynamic of their EP to a more coherent style, melding their electronica influences with their grind influences instead of just switching between them. Normally, you can't trust anything a press release or magazine ad says about a band, but this time around you'd do just as well reading the fluff quotes on the record label website, because Dead Mountain Mouth is a motherfucking masterpiece.

Although Genghis Tron still have drum machines, sudden bursts of fury out of nowhere, samples, and mellow electronic interludes, they have done an incredible job of making it all sound organic while still retaining their studio polish. Instead of feeling like a joke or a gimmick, the quieter bits feel like dynamic pieces of songwriting, holding genuine emotional impact and heightening the impact of the inevitable bursts of guitar-tapping, blast beats and screams.

That's a lie about the inevitability of grindiness. The publicity was right about another thing too: the variety of this album. "From the Aisle," for instance, begins with guitar work reminiscent of Earth's new album, with actual singing over it. The screaming starts up about halfway through the song, but there is no grinding and blast beats, instead there's an intense series of throbbing chords building to a real climax. "White Walls" begins with a section resembling something off of Cloak of Love, albeit much more thoroughly composed and well-blended. However, about a minute in the song moves to a section of understated, atmospheric guitar work over soulful singing that I can't help but compare to TV on the Radio. When the same chord progression intensifies and the singing turns to screams, it feels like a genuine, organic build, and the payoff is 100% amazing.

I know it sounds like I wrote this entire review with the band's cocks in my mouth. I know that this band has a pretty serious love/hate dynamic with people. But seriously, if you didn't like Cloak of Love, give this a chance. It's an incredible evolution, and my pick for hardcore record of the year. And if you did like Cloak of Love, well, prepare to shit yourself. Dead Mountain Mouth is a spastic, schizophrenic electro-grind record, and I realize that a lot of you probably aren't into that, but underneath the chaos is some incredibly well-composed, well-produced, and well-played music.


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Anonymous (May 17, 2007)

I love it when people who don't listen to this kind of music comment an just say its crap...I think it was a great review/cd...i can't wait until they come with ed gein...it'll be a great show

denbez (May 17, 2007)

This review sucks. Boooooooooooooooo!

Anonymous (May 16, 2007)

I saw these guys playing in the parking lot outside of an EITS show.

benz (May 16, 2007)

Very good stuff.


SilentStorms (May 16, 2007)

There goes Will again, bashing shit without giving an explanation. I can do that too - Will is a piece of shit.

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

Terrible. The only downside of signing to a semi-major as Kylesa did is that they were forced to tour with these guys.


Adam_K (May 15, 2007)

Band and record are both very very good.

skeetskurt (May 15, 2007)

i was gonna check these guys out in redlands not too long ago. i heard the cops shut it down pretty fast anyway. score is for this album.

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

Don't really consider this to be in the realm of hardcore, but it was easily one of the best metal releases of 2006.

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

they are on relapse they got signed recently. after this album

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

Thought these guys were on relapse. Good album anyway.

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

this album is too good. took for ever to get a review up here, but seriously one of the best albums of last year.

bombshoes (May 15, 2007)

this was one of my favorite albums of last year. really incredible.

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

beats suck. play a real version of grindcore. fake metal.

skolarx (May 15, 2007)

i usually hate this kind of stuff but for some reason i love these guys. they were great live when i caught them last fall and both this album and the ep are amazing

spoon_of_grimbo (May 15, 2007)

i saw most of this album, and most of cloak of love played live in a tiny little venue in Coventry, and aside from the scene kid wankers pissing everyone off with their "hXc moshing" it was fucking amazing. for a band with no drummer and only three members, GT have a hell of a stage presence. luckily the scene kids eventually got beaten up by some massive bloke, who elbowed one of them in the face. score is for the gig.

Anonymous (May 15, 2007)

this record is light years better than their previous efforts.

fattony (May 15, 2007)

If ever there was a better use for the word "meh," I haven't seen it.

SilentStorms (May 15, 2007)

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Good review. I may check this out, as their older mp3s didn't do anything for me.

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