I’m a blogger for a variety of reasons, but the main reason is I’m fascinated by the fact that every piece of music has a back story behind it. The Muted Pitch is a band from Nova Scotia that was referred to us by site commenter and music brain Brian Townsend. Their back story is one that I have never really covered before.
Under normal circumstances I cover bands that have been out on the road starving to death and trying to get their feelings and emotions across to their fans at any financial or personal cost necessary. Where The Muted Pitch is different is they are a couple of very experienced musicians that have normal societal jobs and they just needed a way to get the creative juices flowing. No starving, no massive band drama, no stolen gear, no being stranded in bumble-fuck nowhere on a tour that played to a packed house of 12 people. With The Muted Pitch it really is all about the music.
Jason Freake (20 years of guitars, vocals, recording, etc.) and Bob Mills (35 years of percussion) were professional associates that decided to do some jamming together. That jamming led Jason blending his love of screams, growls, and blast beats with Bob’s edgy lyrics and hard rock riffs. Over the last two or three years the friends recorded their jamming sessions in their home studio (deemed “The Muted Pit”) and found a sound they like. That sound became the album we are about to look at “The First 13.”
Review after the warp:
I want to start with the song “Face Away” because it shows the skill and experience of Mills with his use of the drums to build the song into a monotonous rhythm that carries through the entire song. I also started here because this song is the best example of a sound that I can’t quite put my finger on. I have no idea how to describe it or what makes it, but from this point in my reviewing career if I ever hear it again, the sound will be known as “The Muted Pitch.”
“Incoming” has a very cool sample to open the song. Not something I expected from a couple of DIY guys. There are some very intricate signatures in the song and Jason’s vocals are reminiscent of the glory days of Thrash. The song “Fallen” follows the same formula as does “Who Am I To Me.” These three songs along with some very heavy drum work, are some of the highlights of the album.
“Weed Out The Weak” has a great rhythm and Jason going out of his vocal range with high shrieks to create a very unique effect. The 2:00 minute mark brings a great technical spot that shows the strengths of the musicians.
Beginning with some spoken word “No Chance to Regret” breaks into some very heavy vocals and uses a classic Hard Rock riff that adds intensity and depth to the song. “Have me Released” also uses some clean talking pieces that create a very haunting song. The vocal screams are used to bridge the instrumentals of the song. The chorus is by far the strongest on the album.
“Cheating The Noose” creates what’s best described as a lot of noise. Jason uses some growls here very effectively, but the highlight is the rhythm work and the break out solo. This is an amazing song with a very fast paced tempo. “Here in Solitude” also creates that wall of sound with some clean spoken word.
For you fans of the groove in metal, The Muted Pitch provides you with “It’s a Nice Day to Die.” There is some very intense vocal work, but the groovy rhythm is quite remarkable.
My favorite track is “Embrace the Madness.” The band does a great job of creating that madness with some amazing percussion work. The lyric “This is my destiny” stood out for me and made this song even more classic Thrash.
On “The Sludge” the band mixed it up by using that classic Thrash formula, with some black metal influences in the vocals and guitars. The placement of this song on the album was very important to make it fit with the overall theme.
“Dead in a Lake” is a great jamming song. There is a lot going on in the song including vocals that are all over the place, but you can picture the boys rockin’ this song out. Great guitar geek song.
Overall “The First 13” is something you are going to want to own. It should act as motivation for all musicians to know that you can get your art out to the masses without walking the drama path that so many bands choose to travel. As “The Muted Pitch” said themselves, “they wanted to give back to the metal community.” If all talented musicians could take this approach we would have a lot more great music out there like “The Muted Pitch.”
The album is available for free download at www.themutedpitch.com
Show me your horns,
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