Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated at Last
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Mutilator Defeated at Last is the group's sixth record in five years and the second after a drastic lineup change. John Dwyer continues to crank out consistently great to amazing songs and albums that overflow with hot-wired guitars, over-revved vocals, and giant, jagged hooks. After a slight stylistic diversion with 2014's Drop that saw Dwyer and producer/collaborator Chris Woodhouse calming things down a bit and even bringing in some Baroque pop strings, Mutilator is a devastatingly loud and ferocious hard rock album. Dwyer's guitar sounds gnarly and huge, like it's being fed through a thresher and spit back out by a dinosaur, and his playing is unhinged throughout. The opening "Web" sets the scene with its creeping, grinding groove, pummeling drums, and super heavy guitar over which Dwyer's horror movie vocals stalk menacingly. Most of the album falls into this kind of post-psychedelic, pre-heavy metal sound to great effect. It's like Blue Cheer had some tunes worth remembering or Black Sabbath owned a Monkees' record or two.