Brutal Juice

Mutilation Makes Identification Difficult

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A positively brilliant, sprawling construction of punk rock fury, prog mathematics, spacey, tripped out leads and effects, and densely churning metal riffs, Mutilation Makes Identification Difficult -- Brutal Juice's only full length studio album -- was one of the best loud releases of the 1990s. Brutal Juice's greatest feat was firmly integrating the stellar, schooled abilities of each band member, and creating a sound that was neither metal, punk, noise rock, alternative, or prog alone -- but was all those things dropped into an LSD-laced fondue. The band used multiple lead vocalists to great effect, each offering a different register and key, often harmonizing over the band's metallic, psychedelic pop sensibilities. Lyrically, the band was as bent as the come -- what with songs like "Kentucky Fuck Daddy," "The Vaginals," and the particularly lurid and amusing "Kathy Rigby." Each song progresses seamlessly, flawlessly, part Cheap Trick slick power pop, part Butthole Surfers mayhem, part art rock mastery, and part hardcore punk fury. It's precisely that admixture -- the slick, polished tones; the sense of mathematically precise instrumentation; the flawless pop; and the demented, violent, gone, gone, gone lyrics that make Mutilation Makes Identification Difficult the brilliant album that it is. Unfortunately, Brutal Juice was yet another band picked up during the post-Nirvana major label feeding frenzy and dropped without a thank you note.

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