POLIDICKS - 'Mutenation' CD
2nd full length CD from Polidicks on Wounded Paw Records, released July 29th, 2005.
16 blazing tracks from the new lineup with Justin now on vocals only, Landon on drums, Alex on bass and Kyle on guitar.
Recorded at Signal to Noise by Rob Sanzo and mixed and mastered by Wounded Paw.
1. Fuck It
2. Money Grubbing Motherfucker
3. Devoid of Choice
4. Out of Touch
5. Kill Dr. Phil
6. Bigotry, Violence, Brutality
7. Forced Submission
8. Question It
10. Abused, Controlled, Enslaved
11. Methods of Murder
12. Let’s Go To The Bar
13. Minimum Rage
15. Living the Lie
Live 4 Metal
Polidicks – Mutenation (Wounded Paw Records) review by Scott Alisoglu
On Mutenation, Bloomfield, Ontario’s (that’s Canada to the geographically challenged among you) Polidicks crank out 15 songs in 25 minutes, wasting little time in getting their agitated points across in the most vitriolic and insanely fast of ways. Musically, this is grind-punk with a serrated metallic edge…and it’s entertaining as hell!
Vocalist Justin Wisteard employs a scratchy high-register scream that is often accompanied by a mid-range grindcore growl (I assume that’s him as well, although it could be one of the other members). Often delivering his throat rage in choppy speed romps, Wisteard rails against a range of classic punk rock political/societal problems. “Money Grubbing Motherfucker” is about rip-off promoters who’d screw
a band in a heartbeat if it meant an extra dollar in the pocket, while “Minimum Rage” deals with the workingman’s plight in a society controlled by an aristocracy disguised as a government. Gosh, and here I thought Canada was a utopian society. Sorry, just being a smart ass…I love our northern neighbors. “Kill Dr. Phil” is the best though, one that is self-explanatory lyrically. It’s a short blast of punk goodness with a shout chorus and a few samples from the “expert” himself. Musically, the playing is tight and incredibly manic. The riffs are wonderfully
caustic as well. The key to it all is the ass kickin’ bass playing of Alex Hirst. Not only is the bass sound on par sonically with the riffing, but Hirst is all over the place, making the arrangements far more interesting than average punk or grindcore fare. Mutenation is an aggressive good time.
Besides, couldn’t you use a little punk militancy in your life?
SUPERBITCH MAGAZINE (www.punkrockchicks.com)
Polidicks - Mutenation - Wounded Paw Records - 3/5
Tongue in cheek bands like this are often brushed to the side, but I've always had an oh-so-special spot for this type of thing. Polidicks are like a cross between Anal Cunt, S.O.D. and Total Chaos. The song titles are pretty standard pissed off punk fare "Fuck It," "Bigotry, Violence, Brutality" and "Abused, Controlled Enslaved." Musically they have a
good balance of different parts, lots of screaming demonic bits, but for the most part it's thrashy hardcore punk. The bass parts are all over the place which is cool but the tone sounds off. Like it's Steve Harris jumping into a Blood Spit Nights session. Or GG Allin not throwing poop and scumming about killing Dr. Phil in the most gruesome
of ways instead. The samples are pretty funny. I wouldn't imagine there not being any. Anyone into The Meatmen or 45 Cents will dig this for sure.
- Ryan Bartek
"Hailing from the nicer-than-nice vacation land of Bloomfield Ontario Canada (kinda out near Kingston) comes one of the most pissed off, snarling bunch of Punk rockers I've heard in a long, long time! No doubt, the band's ferocity (or at least part) is a direct reaction to the outward image of their quaint little picturesque, squeaky-clean, bead & breakfast infested community. Because, as we all know, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and holy crap, this is some reaction! What we have here, on the band's second full-length (third if ya count their self-released demo) are fifteen ear-splitting tracks that whiz by in a heart attack-inducing 25 minutes and 39 seconds! Whenever you find yourself starting to buy into the MTV brainwashing of what should be considered "Punk" these days, you need to have a CD like this on hand to wake you the hell up! This is the nasty side of Punk, the side most eyeliner-wearing, band-of-the-week followers couldn't even dream of handling. The vocals are insanely harsh, and to my more Metal-attuned ear, come off as sounding straight outta the Goregrind & Grindcore style of vocal delivery. The songs... well, they're freakin' fast, and when they're not freakin' fast, that's because they're blindingly fast! However, despite all the sonic mayhem going on, the tracks are actually pretty catchy as well. ...catchier than they should be in fact. Basically, if you dig bands such as Napalm Death, Nausea, Prostitute Disfigurement, Extreme Noise Terror, Sewn Shut, Deviated Instinct, Third Degree, etc. then this disc should give you immediate wood. In true old-school Punk fashion, the band currently has no official web site, but you can find their record label at woundedpaw.com.
RATING = 7.5 Crust / Punk (Released 2005)"
"This is what I’m talking about. Crust punk, freakin’ Crust Punk. Extreme Noise Terror. That’s all I really have to say. Nastier-than-shit animosity towards all that is stale and so-called punk these days. Charging beats, weak guitars and vocals that throw them into a UK sounding band from the mid 80’s. Put them on a compilation with Napalm Death, Discharge, Disrupt, Macabre and so on. You’ll eat this shit up right away. Ahhhhh, the old days–just where I want to be.
Thanx dudes, and being locals from Bloomfield Ontario, I’m glad you can rip my brain apart in 25 minutes with 15 tunes. Quick and to the point. It’s what its all about."
Review by: cannibal cam
Nerve Magazine, April 2006
Mutenation is extreme and speedy punk/
metal with anger management issues. The
vocals are a combination of yips, yaps,
and cookie monster growls, but before you
go lumping this in with the black fingernail
death cookie crowd, be aware that the
Polidicks are a genre unto themselves. I
can’t make out a single word, but I’m sure
that Polidicks original sound and intense
delivery will win them legions of rabid
fans. I’m giving Mutenation the thumbs
up for sheer bombastic overkill and the
aforementioned originality. Wanna scare
your parents? Slap this on.
- Chris Walter