Tonight at Rudyard's, Houston is going to see one of the most monstrous supergroups of all time performing in their natural habitat: a sweaty bar with cheap, shitty booze. This is Mutoid Man. Let's be real: most supergroups a big disappointment, but Mutoid Man have made it work in spades.
Their reputation precedes them. The members all have a long history in the hardcore scene, but don't let that fool you. This is straight-up blistering rock and roll.
Nick Cageao is probably the least famous of the three, but he has his own accomplishments. He's the resident sound engineer of Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, one of the more famous metal venues in America. Meanwhile, his cohorts are Ben Koller, the drummer for Converge and All Pigs Must Die, and Stephen Brodsky, former bassist for Converge and Cave In's guitarist.
You might expect to hear them playing blastbeats and screaming wildly, but they've left that behind in favor of aggressive singing and raw rock riffs straight out of the modern Mastodon playbook. Sure, a few hardcore elements have carried over, but mostly the approach here is just the fun kind of heavy rock music that has been largely missing in recent years from the metal landscape.
These guys would have fit in opening for Pantera in 1995, but it's still modern, despite its retro flavor.
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They'll instead be headlining tonight and it's very much worth dragging yourself out on a Wednesday. In fact, at one point it wasn't even clear if this opportunity would come about. The band formed in 2012 and released their debut EP Helium Head, at which time Ben Koller immediately moved away from the rest of the band's home base in New York. Then he was busy with Converge. It was a logistical nightmare to schedule a tour.
But true to their word that this was not a one off affair, Mutoid Man put out their first full length this year, the rip roaring monster by the name of Bleeder, and are touring on it. Even with the renewed focus, this could end up being your only chance to catch these guys on the road before Converge comes calling to carry Koller away again.
Mutoid Man play at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh, tonight with opener Indian Handcrafts. Doors open at 8 p.m.