Monday 1 February 2016

Spaztik Munkey - Mucktub (Album Review)

Release date: November 25th 2015. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Mucktub – Tracklisting

1.Jonnie, Jim & Jack 08:14
2.Moldy Potato 06:27
3.Word Vomit 07:50
4.Lascivious Wode 08:21

Band Members:

Hardwick - Chief Spastic, Face-Noises & Fuzzy Guitar.
Balmer - Rage, Violence & Skinz
Main - Social anxiety, Convulsions & Fuzz Bass.


What the FUCK IS THIS. A band called Spaztik Munkey and a band member with duties such as Chief Spastic and Face Noises. Obviously these guys don't mind in creating some controversy with their band name and music. It's a good job as these guys have created an intense and often surreal Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal album with great humour to match. Sure the humour is jet-black but at least guys stick to their convictions of creating an unsettling slice of distorted violent noise.

You gotta hand it to them they've created some great riffs to lose yourself in. Opening track – Jonnie, Jim & Jack – has a crazy schizophrenic feel. Parts The Melvins, Weedeater and Church Of Misery. It's a noisy and fucked up kind of sound that allows the band to explore and create a song that soon gets under your skin and infects you like a deadly disease. The riffs are played low and down-tuned. This feels like a bad acid trip gone wrong.

Second track Moldy Potato opens with a drug induced riff and a solitary voice-over explaining the dangers of multiple personality disorders. The music is played at a slow pace which may put some people off especially with the dark lyrical content even if it verges more on the Stoner side of life.

The final two tracks – Word Vomit and Lascivious Wade sees the band add elements of Crust with a more hateful outlook on life. Spaztik Munkey don't fuck around on Word Vomit especially with the funny as hell sound-clip that they use. Brian Blessed fans will get a kick out of this one. Nope, it's not the legendary cry of “GORDON'S ALIVE” from 80s camp sci-fi classic – Flash Gordon. But something I would never expect hearing Brian Blessed saying something like that but it exists. Kudos to the guys for find that clip. Oh right, back to the review, yeah, the band offer two final tracks of distorted and pure filthy Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs with enough power to kick your teeth in...

If you want something different to your usual slab of Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal and get with the program. Check these guys out now. Sure the name will piss off a lot of people. These guys don't give a flying fuck. They want to create heavy awesome music and that's what they've succeeded with Mucktub.

Words by Steve Howe