For anyone not familiar with them, Mutank are – according to their biography at least – leaders of the Montreal thrash scene….so there you go! They’ve previously won Canada’s Wacken Metal Battle and played the hallowed grounds of the festival and they’re are also due to support Canadian thrash royalty Annihilator on their upcoming Canadian tour.
Having listened to W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T, their sophomore release, over and over the big question is, how?
First things first, some credit should be given to any band that manages to get themselves out of the garage and onto stages around the world but it has to be said that the five tracks that make up this EP are bland and forgetful at best.
It’s safe to say that this release is everything that thrash metal should not be, which is safe and sterile. There’s simply no sense of danger or excitement here. Trying to be positive, “F.O.G” has a hint of a decent riff a couple of seconds in but that’s about it.
Playing wise, W.H.A.T.S.T.H.A.T sounds pedestrian and plods along aimlessly and, sadly, there’s really not much more to say. 2017 has already proven that the thrash scene is in very rude health – with rip-snorting albums from the likes of Terrifier and their ilk impressing fans far and wide – so you’d be better off checking them out instead! 2/10