S1ft>>Manipulant>>MUDFACE - USA




  
 
Members

S= CHRIS DINSMORE
G= AARON MCCOY
B= Imagika, Kinnefret, Angerhead, Kill Ritual>> JIM PEGRAM>>Imagika, Angerhead, Kill Ritual
D= Bleed The Freaks, Discordia, Cultural Warfare>>BONES PADILLA>>Cultural Warfare
K= BRETT CRANE



History

The band was founded as S1ft in 1998, became Manipulant in 2004 and got mud on its face a year after that. Demo 2006 prefaced the Mudface demo. Death Angel’s Ted Aguilar was on guitar during this period. He was also the band’s co-founder alongside Dinsmore. There was a self-titled Anti was a 2011 full-length. Skinner father and son duo Rob Kolowitz and son Grant were with the band from 2012 to 2018. The band was quiet until the 2016 demo called The Bane Of Existence. Art Gates Records signed the band and issued an EP called Awaken To A Different Sun in 2019. Kreator’s Violent Mind mascot made an appearance on the cover. Only singer Chris Dinsmore remains of the band’s earliest incarnation. Drummer Ted David left in 2019.

The band has opened for Death Angel, Exodus, High On Fire and others.

Reviews

MUDFACE – AWAKEN TO A DIFFERENT SUN - ART GATES  
Mudface is an odd band to land on Art Gates’ roster. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and having Death Angel connections the band does display the groove thing that signals a lack of purity, but is metal enough to be worthy of metallers’ attention.
There is some variety here and the presence of a warm sound, inclusive of real drums, is cause for celebration after reviewing several successive albums with the dreaded drum machine. End Of My Rope and its catchy and tribal drumming are reminiscent of Anthrax. The guitars have a good vigour to them. The title track is a commercial tune that harbours a fine guitar solo towards the end. The refrain is certainly poppy. The more one listens to this album the more one thinks of Flotsam And Jetsam and how they went grungy and groovy in the mid-‘90s. Snakes is notable for its Ozzy-esque vocals. Singer Dinsmoire may have taken a sip from the early Sabs’ repertoire sometime before recording the track. Rabbit Hole is hard in rhythm, soft in chorus and has a successful lead. These guys need more solos. Warhorse is the workhorse and its pounding sound is actually like the crossover of DRI. Good stuff.
The label’s biography claims Mudface’s style encompasses punk and industrial in addition to thrash, groove and hardcore. It is difficult to fathom other than it being the label taking a crack at marketing. The earlier statements stand however. – Ali “The Metallian”




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