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Review: Mugshot – Dull boy

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Mugshot is an American beat-down band hailing from San Jose, California. Mugshot’s lineup currently consists of Eli Truitt on vocals, Micael Demko on guitar and vocals, Eddie Smith on bass, and Connor Haines on drums. Mugshot released their newest Album, “Dull Boy,” on August 12th, 2016. Let me tell you about something about Mugshot, these guys know how to create heavy and just straight up angry and aggressive music.

Dull Boy is eleven songs and roughly twenty-five minutes filled with brutal vocals, crushing riffs, and kickass drum beats. It also contains guest vocals from Travis Bartosek (Abiotic) on the last track ‘Dull boy’ and Isaac Reveles (Endings) on the second track entitled ‘Your Lane’. What I really enjoy most about this album, is the vocals provided by both Truitt and Demko. In almost every track, there are constant changes from insanely low gutturals to mid-screams that fit perfectly fall in place in each track. Another track, ‘Bastard,’ is another song that with a catchy chorus and sick drum fills, pretty much a perfect song to mosh and or headbang to.

Personally, my favorite track would be ‘Rage,’ mostly because of the intro. I really enjoy how this song begins with each member of the band messing around with their instruments and then suddenly, you are suddenly engulfed in the palm-muted guitars and deep growled vocals. Another great aspect of this album is the overall quality. The quality is so perfect, it’s almost too good. In fact, it sounds much better than any other song or album that I have heard this year made by an artist that could be considered mainstream. Every song is memorable in one way or another, whether it be the catchy vocals, the down-tuned guitars and crazy riffs, the distorted bass, breakdowns, or even the drum work. No matter what it is, this album will have you movin’ and groovin’ from start to end.

Overall, Mugshot is not a band you want to sleep on, because these guys are going to be huge if they keep on doing what they’re doing. I have heard several people in the hardcore scene complain about how the entire beatdown sub-genre is dead, however this band is bringing it back in an extreme way. Each member of Mugshot is doing great things with their talents, and I believe they have what it takes to be one of the best in the scene.

Album Rating: 9.4/10

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