After co-founding member Steven “Steve-In” Breen decided to part ways with MUTANK in January to return to his hometown of St. John’s, NL, the Montreal based thrashers and 2014 Wacken Metal Battle Canada winners found themselves in search of a new machine to fire up the fret boards.
In a statement issued by the band:
“The selection process wasn’t easy by any means. Breen was such an enormous presence, regarding one a of a kind writing style, a flawless, yet savage stage performance and overall possessing the ideal chemistry the band needed to grow and evolve.
We aren’t just musicians in this band, we clearly are lunatics with instruments, and we need the type who can juggle swords and laugh about their scars later.
Standing apart during initial auditions was Jordan Kelly, a previous band mate of front man Stephen “Steve Out” Reynolds, also hailing from Newfoundland who had relocated to Montreal to further his musical career.
Being well versed in many underground styles, with a proven road ready dedication and drive with musical ability to match, the band decided on Jordan even before Breen had left Montreal.
Keeping the “M.E.C.H. Metal” spirit as true as ever, MUTANK with our members current and past, are continuing to bust heads and wreak havoc on the scene.
We had a lot of interest shown when Breen had made his choice to split final, and to those who had came down to audition – we say TANK MU! We are honoured to have had such great energy from distinctly styled guitarists who had tried out.
Stay tuned for upcoming concert announcements, tonnes of heavy new music and more in the very near future.
You’ve been warned……”
Listen up! You want mosh happy crossover-thrash from another planet? Fast riffs? Rippin’ solos? Then stop giving a fuck what other people think and prepare for some neck aerobics from Montreal, QC’s MUTANK!
Formed when three Newfoundlanders crossed paths in the Canadian heavy metal capital with Ahmed Saad who hails from the Middle East, the injection of music immediately began to flow through their veins and M.E.C.H. metal was soon born.
“It stands for Middle East Coast Heavy Metal; Our drummer being from the Middle East and the rest of the members being from the east coast of Canada,” explains Stephen Reynolds (bass, vocals).
It also just so happens to be the title of the band’s debut album ‘M.E.C.H. Metal’, which features eight monumental thrash tracks that will either make you want to punch something or just plain dance while delivering thoughtful, honest lyrics for those who wish to look deeper.
“Every single person in this band is a songwriter, so the songs come out with their own feel and develop naturally.’ continues Reynolds. ‘We don’t shackle ourselves to any kind of focused idea, which brings about a sort of honesty in the music not often found in metal.’
M.E.C.H. Metal was unleashed on February 1, 2014 with the video ‘Heavy Hand of The Doomsday Clock‘ and is available on the band’s bandcamp here.
Quick Fact: MUTANK are the 2014 Wacken Metal Battle Canada Champions being judged by industry music reps #1 out of over 100 Canadian bands to rep Canada at the international Metal Battle in Wacken, Germany during 2014’s Wacken Open Air Fest (the largest in the world).
Photography by Mihaela Petrescu