Funky garage. Afrogaragemambo. Psychedelic voodoo groove. Oh dear... The MUTANTS are a tough little bastard to exactly pin down what they're all about. But with music this cool, funky and with an all-out party on!-attitude you really shouldn't even care. The MUTANTS was originally started as an instrumental garage rock band in 1998. As The MUTANTS slowly began incorporating more rhythmic influences in their music, the line-up was fortified with a percussionist and a saxophone player. Some say the Finnish music scene would never be the same... The band released their first 7', 'Le Mutant', in the summer of 2001 on a Finnish label Legal Records after which the band has released a bunch of singles and appeared on compilations worldwide. Tracks from the singles and some compilation appearances were put on one CD by the Greek label Green Cookie Records in 2002. The sound of The MUTANTS combines the fuzz of 60's garage, hints at psychedelia from the same era, funky rhythms from the 70's, plain damn rock 'n' roll, and all things in between the aforementioned into one hell of a hellraisin' good time. ------ 'Instrumental madness from Finland. Fun, funky, weird, and drunkenly eclectic. The fantasy of a dance party DJ familiar with everything from Dave 'Baby' Cortez to Iggy to Manu Dibango damn near gets realized here.' © The First Church Of Holy Rock'N'Roll, USA ------ 'If you took the soul of the Stax label, say Otis Redding, and swirled it in a blender with garage hypnotica, then crushed the resulting pulp with big drums and garage fuzz, you'd be close to the sound of this.' © Reverb Central, USA ------ 'If a rock n' roll album review features the term 'seven minute instrumental,' it's usually found alongside words like 'jazz fusion' or 'Phish.' But not this time. Finland's The Mutants use thick percussion and elements of funk to update the sound of traditional instrumental rock. The Mutant's highly original sound challenges the unwritten rules of instrumental rock by disregarding the 3 minute time frame and the strict rules of instrumentation. Deathrace 3000 is an enjoyable album that proves that you can push the boundaries of instrumental rock without being a pretentious jam band.' © Deadbeat magazine, DENMARK ------ The Mutants are Finnish squawk n rollers from the Black Lagoon who play some of the grooviest surf-and-sax instro-swill you will probably ever hear, even if you live for 200 years. The Mutants have once again graced us with a two-fisted dose of totally f***ing suave jungle exotica-meets spy smasher crime jazz, and they are so goddamn hep that if I DID own a fez, I'd put it on. Can I have an Ungawa! Brothers and sisters? © Sleazegrinder, USA ------ These crazy drunken Finnish bastards really do it right, playing instrumental rock and roll with freewheeling abandon and unashamed love for all sorts of music. Never limited to a pure 'surf' or 'garage' sound, The Mutants music conveys so many influences that it's hard to adequately describe. At times The Mutants sounds like the soundtrack for the greatest 70s cop/biker/international intrigue/sexploitation/blaxploitation movie never made. At other times their music rawks with such an intense groove that it borders on Funhouse era Stooges heights of depravity. © CultCuts, USA ------ Man, this is in-ya-face PARTY rock'n'roll which draws influences from rhythm & blues, rootsy twang, funky soul, exotica, garagefuzz, and even James Bond flicks. It's all drenched in blisterin' saxophones and the most groovy organ this side of Booker T. This stuff has Club Mau Mau written all over it, so ya know it's hip shit! Where's the Tiki Bar? © Lowcut, DENMARK ------ If surf was invented in a heavy industrial zone instead of California garages it might have sounded like this. © Reverb Central, USA ------ Take music from those 70's porn films, some of those surf tunes, some music from Shaft, blues, tribal sounds, add some Hammond organs, saxophones, funky wah-wah guitars and there you have it: The Mutants! © Metal Storm, ESTONIA ------ Surf meets Jazz...Mambo meets Garage...Lounge meets f***ing Beat...whatever...the Mutants are crazy enough to mix all these styles together and create their own Mutants universe. Damn crazy, but so damn good. © Daredevil Magazine, GERMANY ------ This band has got what Scandinavian action rock schoolboys are looking for; Sex and Coolness. Kudos. Please let them find their way into the next Tarantino film. © Nocturnal Hall, GERMANY ------ Compiled from several singles, Death Race 3000 is a fine display of the many personalities of this most creative band. Their focus may be rhythm, but their music is hypnotic and infectious. Picks: Le Mutant, Indians, Funky Fidel, Mambo Mutant, Rustical Cuban Cigars, Dr. Gedup, HV Horror 13, Bungalow Boo-Boo-Boo, Beachwolley Mudparty, Agents Of The Universe 'Le Mutant' **** Mariachi horns, big spaghetti western guitar, tribal drums, grumbling bass... what a solid single. Verging on surf, pummeling cowboys, and reinventing percussion for a cannibal picnic. Very cool, melodic, and dangerous. Tribal Spaghetti Instrumental Stereo 'Indians' **** An Indian tribal beat and war whoops, electro wind blowing across the plain, heavy thundering bass, and a rolling melody riff with long slow whammy. This is quite a dramatic track, with a rock solid attraction and power. Tribal Spaghetti Instrumental Stereo 'Funky Fidel' [full length] **** This is the full track from which parts 1 and 2 were culled for the 'Funky Fidel' single. Tribal rhythmic thunder, guttural wah wah guitar, whirling organ, and endless jungle ethics. This is a long way from the surf envelope, but so damn cool that it requires a listen. Great drums, and a lost continent approach to the seventies, as if you are the main course at a cannibal disco. As it continues into the second part, the guitar tone in the bridge develops the nastiness of the lead in Muruga and UFM's 'Gum Improvisation.' The only real question is, what does this have to do with Fidel Castro? Tribal Thunder Instrumental Stereo 'Mambo Mutant' **** On the fast side, 'Mambo Mutant' is edgy and sports exotic percussion. Amazing blends of surf and throb and the tropics. Not melodic, but infectious none the less, and there are a few glissandoes for extra measure. Big twang intensity. Surf Funk Instrumental Stereo 'Rustical Cuban Cigars' **** Vibrato and chunky funk with horns added for suaveness. 'Mambo Mutant' throbs and grumbles with vibrating charm and thunder. Mid tempo power surge with a relentless hypnotic rhythm. Surf Funk Instrumental Stereo 'Dr. Gedup' *** Ugly growls and industrial brutality thump and bump and throb with vibrato before launching into intense nerve-swirl progressions. It's a scene of unending mechanized demise. Surf Funk Instrumental Stereo 'HV Horror 13' **** Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the tribal thunder of a 'Drums A Go-Go' styled discotheque monster. Powerful and rhythmic. Surf Funk Instrumental Stereo 'Bungalow Boo-Boo-Boo' *** Thick and dark, this brooding hypnotic monster has all the subtlety of an automated regurgitator that you can't turn off. Annoyingly cool. Surf Funk Instrumental Stereo 'Beachwolley Mudparty' **** If you took the soul of the Stax label, say Otis Redding, and swirled it in a blender with garage hypnotica, then crushed the resulting pulp with big drums and garage fuzz, you'd be close to the sound of this. Surf Funk Instrumental Stereo 'Agents Of The Universe' *** Writhing with space annoyances and desolate beat thunder, this track threatens, assaults, and mangles, then reassembles mercilessly. Whew! Surf Funk Instrumental Stereo © Phil Dirt / Reverb Central.
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