Wild­hearts front­man re­turns to his wilder side

Metal Hammer (UK) - - The Gospel - TOM O’BOYLE

Gin­ger has surely earned the sta­tus of bona fide

Bri­tish in­sti­tu­tion by now. For a lot of mu­sic fans, his band The

Wild­hearts sym­bol­ise a hey­day of the 90s rock scene – but for far too many that’s all they know of his ex­ten­sive and eclec­tic back cat­a­logue. He re­turns with Dark Black, the third part of his Mu­ta­tion tril­ogy, a fucked-up as­sault of lo-fi fuzz and ex­treme cathar­sis. As with the pre­vi­ous two in­stal­ments, he’s brought his mates along for the ride. Scott

Lee An­drews of Welsh punkers Exit In­ter­na­tional is his main co-writer, along with a rogues gallery of leg­ends in­clud­ing Devin Townsend in op­er­atic form on Devo­lu­tion, and Motör­head’s Phil Camp­bell, on their most in­tense of­fer­ing yet, the ti­tle ref­er­enc­ing their strug­gles with men­tal health. There’s a nos­tal­gic air, an in­dus­trial vibe that brings to mind Min­istry and early Strap­ping Young Lad.

The pum­melling mania is in­ter­spersed with wicked hu­mour, movie sam­ples and el­e­vat­ing melodies, such as the glee­fully sweary an­them Ir­ri­tant, that make the lurch be­tween the blast­ing clat­ter of Vic­tim or the out­right ex­hil­a­ra­tion of Hate en­gag­ingly ac­ces­si­ble. It’s not a record likely to earn Gin­ger the wider acclaim he de­serves, but it’s yet an­other rea­son to ap­pre­ci­ate how lucky we are to have him.

Mu­ta­tion guar­an­tee that you hear some evil

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