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Mumakil - Behold The Failure

01. Brothers In Slavery
02. Barbecue In Bhopal
03. Get Wasted Or Die
04. Black Sheep
05. Whip Reward
06. The Eye Of Wrath
07. Control
08. State Of War
09. The Order Is Fucked Up
10. I-Bomb
11. Useless Fucks
12. Without Grief
13. Pigs On Fire
14. Worms Of Chaos
15. Daily Punishment
16. Pisskeeper
17. Behold The Failure
18. Regression
19. Wish You The Worst
20. Let There Be Meat
21. Parasites
22. In Cold Blood
23. Face Reality
24. Apathy
25. Crawler
26. Mass Murder Institution
27. Doomed

Making my life of a reviewer easier, Mumakil include the perfect metaphor for their music right on the cover of Behold The Failure: a massive motherfucker of an elephant about to trample an entire army. So yes, a huge elephant is a brilliant tool of mass destruction (just ask Hannibal) but it is also a fucking stupid animal.

Mumakil's music is exactly the same - their brand of brutal death/grind is absolutely crushing and destructive in every way imaginable; however, it is also notoriously safe and unadventurous, mimicking and often one-upping the likes of Brutal Truth, Nasum or Rotten Sound but never introducing anything fresh or new to the style. Don't get me wrong - one thing needs to be pointed out here: Mumakil completely slays. Their riffs are catchy, the growls appropriately vicious and deep and the drums blast away like no tomorrow (even some hyperblasts are present). The album is also produced impeccably, with clarity given specifically to the drums. Without a doubt, as far as vanilla death/grind is concerned, Behold The Failure sits right atop the food chain with 27 cuts of equally catchy music.

Nevertheless, this is still pretty dumb stuff. Watching an elephant rampaging through an army, destroying buildings, crushing heads and impaling women and children with its tusks might be fun, but keep in mind that all you need to scare the beast away is a small mouse. Alas, behold Mumakil's failure to realize that ingenuity always triumphs over brute force. This album is fun but not relevant - a somewhat sorry state considering the band's obvious abundance of talent.

Band profile: Mumakil
Album: Behold The Failure


Written on 04.05.2009 by
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BitterCOld - 04.05.2009 at 02:34  
Well done. there is something to be said for safe, fun releases - they are enjoyable - but pale in comparison to equally skilled, but innovative bands.
destroyah - 04.05.2009 at 13:01  
Gotta say I enjoyed reading that
PazuzuSKOM - 04.05.2009 at 18:43  
Again...Mumakil review...
again...great review by jupitreas

i wish that you will not abandon MS after That REVIEW
Valentin B - 04.05.2009 at 18:43  
Was this review re-posted or something? or was it review before this? i swear i saw another one
Mr. Doctor - 05.05.2009 at 20:07  
This album is crushing, and brilliant if you see it in that way. BUT like you well said, it's jsut that... brutal and crushing music but without taking some risks and adding something extra that would be unique.

The album is catchy and brutal as hell... And I would gladly buy it. But there are a lot of albums that kick it's ass.
Smurfkiller - 05.05.2009 at 20:21  
Fuck yeah! I love my mammathcore!
Elio - 13.05.2009 at 17:15  
Written by Valentin B on 04.05.2009 at 18:43

Was this review re-posted or something? or was it review before this? i swear i saw another one

The album was previously rewieved by Herz, if I remember well
HardSide - 10.12.2009 at 04:16  
Very catchy grindcore. I don't see the problem with the album, reminds me of TOOH!

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