Mutiny Within: Mutiny Within

Rising stars of metalcore deliver an album that reinvigorates the entire scene and sets an impossibly high standard for future bands to follow.

Mutiny Within

Mutiny Within

Label: Roadrunner
US Release Date: 2010-02-23
UK Release Date: 2010-04-26
Label website
Artist website

The metalcore scene is one that constantly reinvents itself to prevent stagnation, and countless bands have assisted in doing this over the past decade. The latest band to do this is Mutiny Within, a six-piece band from New Jersey that best exemplifies the style of progressive metalcore. Blending the intricate technical aspects of Dream Theater and Into Eternity, the soaring vocal styles of Kamelot and Firewind, and the straightforward thrash brutality of Children of Bodom and Unearth, Mutiny Within have established a completely unique sound that gives them a huge level of appeal. Their new self-titled album delivers the best of this new sound and creates a blueprint that future bands are sure to follow.

Lead vocalist Chris Clancy is easily one of the most talented singers in the metal world right now, and he draws listeners in from his place at the forefront of the band’s sound. He possesses an enormous range, reaching incredible highs without any sign of strain, and also uses his intense growl to add proper accentuation to key parts of songs. Lead guitarist Brandon Jacobs and keyboardist Drew Stavola help set the band far above many of their contemporaries musically, with complex guitar solos effortlessly weaved together with elaborate keyboard passages. Rhythm guitarist Dan Bage and bassist Andrew "AJ" Jacobs rip through riffs and lead lines with ease, keeping the sound catchy without making it cliché. Drummer Bill Fore holds the sound together with precision drumming through split-second time changes and irregular time signatures.

The diversity of the band's sound is what makes Mutiny Within such an enjoyable album. No two songs on the album sound the same, but they are not disjointed or unbalanced either. The album flows beautifully from one track into the next, with raw aggression and gorgeous melody side by side. Opening song "Awake" sets the perfect tone for the whole album, combining sheer heaviness and technicality with a towering chorus that utilizes the full range of Clancy's voice. "Images" and "Falling Forever" show that the band is unafraid to use more melody than heaviness in their songs, a trait that many metalcore bands refuse to show in today's scene.

But by the same token, tracks like "Year of Affliction", "Lethean", and "Suffocate" show that the band is equally able to thrash just as hard as any "tough-guy" hardcore band in the modern scene. In fact, one of the best moments of contrast on the whole album occurs in the middle section, where "Lethean", the album's heaviest track, is bookended by two of its most melodic, "Forsaken" and "Oblivion". When played together, these three tracks sound perfect one after the other. It's a feat that requires a great deal of skill and maturity, both of which are surprising to see in such abundance in a band that is so young.

Although Mutiny Within's sound relies more on melody than most traditional metalcore bands do, the band has proven that they can hold their own with almost any audience after playing shows with the likes of Paradise Lost, Soulfly, Prong, Periphery, Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Exodus, and Arsis, as well as a tour with Sonata Arctica in the works for April and May. These live credentials are further proof that the talent of this band is simply undeniable. With tracks like "Awake", "Year of Affliction", "Oblivion", and "Suffocate" leading the album, Mutiny Within is a solid, powerful piece that will surely attract metal fans from all over the spectrum.





Nazis, Nostalgia, and Critique in Taika Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit'

Arriving amidst the exhaustion of the past (21st century cultural stagnation), Waititi locates a new potential object for the nostalgic gaze with Jojo Rabbit: unpleasant and traumatic events themselves.


Why I Did Not Watch 'Hamilton' on Disney+

Just as Disney's Frozen appeared to deliver a message of 21st century girl power, Hamilton hypnotizes audiences with its rhyming hymn to American exceptionalism.


LA Popsters Paper Jackets Deliver a Message We Should Embrace (premiere + interview)

Two days before releasing their second album, LA-based pop-rock sextet Paper Jackets present a seemingly prescient music video that finds a way to ease your pain during these hard times.


'Dancing After TEN' Graphic Memoir Will Move You

Art dances with loss in the moving double-memoir by comics artists Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber, Dancing After TEN.


Punk Rock's WiiRMZ Rage at the Dying of the Light on 'Faster Cheaper'

The eight songs on WiiRMZ's Faster Cheaper are like a good sock to the jaw, bone-rattling, and disorienting in their potency.


Chris Stamey Paints in "A Brand-New Shade of Blue" (premiere + interview)

Chris Stamey adds more new songs for the 20th century with his latest album, finished while he was in quarantine. The material comes from an especially prolific 2019. "It's like flying a kite and also being the kite. It's a euphoric time," he says.


Willie Nelson Surveys His World on 'First Rose of Spring'

Country legend Willie Nelson employs his experience on a strong set of songs to take a wide look around him.


Gábor Lázár Is in Something of a Holding Pattern on 'Source'

Experimental electronic artist Gábor Lázár spins his wheels with a new album that's intermittently exciting but often lacking in variety.


Margo Price Is Rumored to Be the New Stevie Nicks

Margo Price was marketed as country rock because of her rural roots. But she was always more rock than country, as one can hear on That's How Rumors Get Started.


DMA'S Discuss Their Dancier New Album 'The Glow'

DMA'S lead-singer, Tommy O'Dell, discusses the band's new album The Glow, and talks about the dancier direction in their latest music.


The Bacon Brothers Deliver Solemn Statement With "Corona Tune" (premiere + interview)

Written and recorded during the 2020 quarantine, "Corona Tune" exemplifies the Bacon Brothers' ability to speak to the gravity of the present moment.


Garage Rockers the Bobby Lees Pay Tribute to "Wendy" (premiere)

The Bobby Lees' "Wendy" is a simmering slice of riot 'n' roll that could have come from the garage or the gutter but brims with punk attitude.

Collapse Expand Reviews

Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.