Mr Bungle – The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo (Ipecac)

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I’ve ever really been down with Mr Bungle, they always seemed as though they were trying too hard to be too eclectic in their quest to force as many disparate musical influences to work together as they possibly could. While it worked for a lot of people, it never worked for me and they faded into the background noise of my everyday life.

Then, almost without warning, they reformed and Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo had become fully paid up members of the Bungle tribe. And while they were on their reformation tour, the band started playing a Crumbsuckers cover (Sit There) and released their (better) version of the Exploited’s infamous ode to America as a charity single. Something was definitely afoot in the Mr Bungle camp.

That brings us The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo, which is supposed to be a re-recording of the bands earliest studio outing. I say supposed, because knowing Patton’s infamous propensity for spinning a good yarn, there’s a probably a little embellishment woven into the fabric of that particular tale. Opening with a mosh heavy instrumental section that’s accompanied by a sample form Disney Records Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House album, The Raging Wrath… is absolutely not what I expected it to be.

A raging, incendiary crossover inferno that thrashes with the force of an exploding fifty megaton bomb, The Raging Wrath…  is a thrashtastic tour de force that toys and plays with the conventions of the genre and firmly stamps its own identity all over it. Continuing where Fratricide and Septic Death left off and guided on its journey to discover Thrash Valhalla by The Accused, The Raging Wrath… has easily smashed its way into the top twenty records of 2020, and that’s the last thing I ever thought I’d say about a Mr Bungle record.  It’s thrashing time… Tim Cundle

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