When we think of the top Symphonic Gothic bands we tend to think Northern Europe: the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, the usual suspects. Well, what you find when you look around is that a lot of Spanish speaking bands meet that description as well. And that includes both Spanish AND Central and South American bands. You sometimes loose a little of that symphonic sound with some of the bands from the southern part of South America, but the Mexicans, they tend to have it down pretty well. And Mutum is as good as you’re going to hear, they can go toe to toe with anything from Northern Europe. Funny thing is they tend to be classified with a link to the “Doom” nomenclature, not sure why, there sure isn’t much of what I’d call Doom here. But what there is is some of the finest Symphonic Gothic. . . with the occasional operatic femme vox thrown in, that you’re ever going to find.
The pictures of the band are a little distracting, they look like a high school glee club. Not sure why, they’ve been around since 2001 and have several releases. Been some personnel shifts over that time but whatever they’re doing, they’re doing it right. And, they’ve worked with some serious talent in live venue. They’ve opened for After Forever and the Gathering. They’re from the Monterrey area and have participated in the Monterrey Metal Fest, the most important metal festival in Latin America, sharing the stage with bands like: Blind Guardian, U.D.O., Edguy, Leaves Eyes, Maligno, Obituary, Solitude, and Reign of Terror among others. So, they have a following. And, with this release, that following should be expanded, this is about as good as it gets.
The music covers a lot of bases, although, like I said, I’m not really hearing the Doom. But the symphonic is there is spades. They march through the orchestrations like Grant took Richmond. Choral work flows through a number of tracks and a lot of that background work is in Latin, just the way the Norwegians like it. In fact, the vocal excellence throughout is one of the strongpoints of the release, you get a ton of sound, often put together in overpowering combinations that are reminiscent of the top classical symphonic sounds in the history of the genre. You just don’t get enough of that anymore, but you damn sure get it here. There’s more than enough metal, some stirling guitar riffs, a pounding drum line to keep the music moving. But, it’s typically combined with the other components, this is solidly developed and crushingly delivered Gothic by any measure. But, it is Gothic in a lyrical sense just as much as it is in a musical sense. You get some interesting thoughts and some fine poetic structures that are delivered by a fine femme vocal, augmented by those searing choral elements.
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