Country: Italy
Title: Muto
Label: Everlasting Spew Records
Year: 2017
Style: Technical Death Grind

Seen from outside, the Death Grind scene might seem quite stagnant in recent years, but it definitely isn't, and here we have another new name from Italy featuring Hideous Divinity's drummer, that proves the scene is very much alive and kicking. This debut 4 tracks EP is so tight and surprising I'm almost without words; blending Technical Death Grind with demented Mathcore and even Progressive the Japan-influenced (see the cover artwork, band and EP name as hints) Onryo are a fantastic apparition. We're treated here with only 13 minutes of music, enough to leave a memorable aftertaste on you, it sounds like 4 totally deranged mental patients who were previously very skilled music conservatory students got instruments and a van full of RedBull and cocaine for Christmas, the result is what we hear on Muto, brutality unleashed with mathematical precision, controlled dementia on compositions, top-notch precision and a paranoid atmosphere from start to finish. A band to keep your eyes on! My only complaint on this EP is that it's too short, but I hope they'll take their time to come up with an even more impressive and surprising debut album.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10