EPK – Mütherload – Ü (EP) (2021)
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For fans of Lamb of God, In Flames, Mastodon, Opeth, Tool
EP Title: Ü
Release Date: July 9, 2021
“While bone-shaking grooves and hair-raising vocals are key elements of Mütherload’s sound, so are darting fretwork escapades and mood-altering melodies. You get further proof of that in the following song (and lead single from the EP), “The Visitor”. The drum and bass work remain punishing and the vocals incendiary, but there’s a menacing eeriness about the chorus melody that surfaces in “The Visitor” — when it’s not doing its best to beat you to a pulp or scramble your brains.” – No Clean Singing
“Mütherload revelling in their fondness for making a hell of a din and doing everything possible to blow out your eardrums. It’s great fun.” – Games, Brrraaains & A Headbanging-Life
“Their 6 track debut E.P., entitled ‘Ü’ draws on lots of elements of thrash metal, heavy guitars, awesome melodies, pounding drums and a vocal from singer Derek Lee, that sounds like he’s gargled with concrete before being let loose!!… Mütherload have given people notice, and they are delivering right here, right now, and deserve your attention.” – The Razor’s Edge
“Groove/thrash metal band MÜTHERLOAD deliver a crushing and aggressive sound with their debut EP “Ü”. I knew I would like this EP as soon as “Insect” started playing. First off, it was heavy with punishing drums and riffs. I was a fan of the vocals immediately too… Overall, I think MÜTHERLOAD killed it with their first release and I hope to see them continue on this path and develop their sound.” – Metal Temple
“This regrouped tour-de-force from Canada is ready to kill with a six-track introduction of their thrashy, groovy and melodic death sound.” – The Headbanging Moose
“This EP has a very fresh and exciting sound. The thing that drew me to it most is the balance between the brutal vocals and the groove, particularly where the riffs have that technical edge to their construction.” – Metal Talk
“Ü is a rock-steady first release for Mütherload with glimpses of a worthy foundation set in place.” – Heavy Music Headquarters
“…ultra groovy brand of melodic death metal. Now I should clarify that I’m not usually a big fan of groovy melodic death metal but this album blew me away. The sheer level of catchiness and the infectious energy behind the music completely won me over. I listened to this album for the first time while at the grocery store and found it extremely hard not to headbang along in front of the whole store.” – Cave Dweller Music
“With four songs, two interludes and 16:30 minutes of playing time, “Ü” is a rather short, but mind-blowing listen, worth to crank it up. Serious musicianship meets full power vocals and a certain craziness, which is a great combination for me. Considering their founding story I can only confirm: these guys really know how to write music together. Let’s hope this EP is the delicious appetizer for an album to follow.” – Mostly-Metal
“If you’re a fan of music on the heavier side of things, the Canadian crew, Mütherload might just have what you’re looking for… This is a killer EP, and a very quick listen at only around the 16 minute length. Mütherload are certainly one to keep your ears open for. 8/10” – Noise Pollution
“Sludgy, groovy, and louder than the impact of a speeding Mack truck with an icy bridge abutment, Mütherload’s debut EP Ü is a six-track independent monster that should most definitely perk up many an ear with its heavy, heavy tunes.” – Hated One Metal Reviews
“Massive, loud, dark and heavy riff patterns with appropriate rhythm backing dominates the landscapes here, with fluctuating and circulating groove patterns alongside impact riff driven passages. Throaty, hoarse shout style lead vocals provides the lyrical messages. Some subtle melodic resonances and two brief, gentle interlude songs tones down the pummeling energy just a little bit, but powerful, massive and heavy remain the key associations with this production. Those who like thrash metal with death metal impulses (or vice versa) should enjoy this one, especially if dark, powerful and heavy material in this realm sounds interesting.| – The Viking In The Wilderness
Under a new moniker and sound, London, ON’s melodic death groove/thrash band, Mütherload is a regrouped tour-de-force birthed from the ashes of Heaven Ablaze (2003-2012).
Sometimes our paths are meant to be crossed with one another more than once in this lifetime, and that’s how the story of Mütherload came to be.
Guitarist Patrick Davison bumped into drummer Matt Ashton while on the day job. Both hadn’t seen each other since their previous band Heaven Ablaze went on hiatus in 2013. As old friends get to chatter and play catch up on each other’s activities, one thing was certain they would be writing music together once again. Hitting the jam space in 2019, it didn’t take long for the band to recruit members, bassist Chris McKichan joined the line-up and after their first jam, the trio had four songs created. With a foundation already laid, the band completed its ranks with the two Derek’s, guitarist Derek Haley and vocalist Derek Lee (ex-Ataxia.).
After two years of creating and crafting their sound, along with being local opening support for touring bands Threat Signal, Green Jëllo, Beyond Creation, and The Blood of Christ, the quintet is now ready to present their first offering in the form of an EP entitled “Ü”. The EP is a six-track introduction of Mütherload’s thrashy, groovy, melodic death sound.
“The Ü EP is our first step back into the metal scene after years of silence. We feel this small collection of music represents the focus that we’ve developed as a band in our songwriting for the first time in years. Musically, we’ve stretched our reach into new territory with open tunings, and more space for vocals. This EP deserves to be played loud, so crank it up!” adds guitarist Patrick Davison.
The band has already previewed their lead single “The Visitor”, with their first music video earlier this year. The song was originally written years ago as an acoustic song, which is why if you listen carefully, you can hear an acoustic track in the chorus. The band feels this song best represents their sound as there is a little bit of everything in there. There’s groove, thrash, melody, dynamics, and flow along with it being one of the band’s favorites to play live as well.
The “Ü” will be released on June 25th, 2021 on all digital platforms.
2021 – Ü – EP
Shared Stage with:
Threat Signal, Green Jëllo, Beyond Creation, The Blood of Christ
EP Title: Ü
Release Date: July 9, 2021
1. Insect (3:54)
2. The Visitor (3:39)
3. Ü (0:44)
4. Iniquity (3:06)
5. Thaügüst (1:43)
6. Lamia (3:24)
EP Length: 16:32
EP Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Mütherload
• All songs written by: Mütherload
• Produced by: Thomas Ireland
• Mixed by: Thomas Ireland
• Mastered by: Thomas Ireland
• EP Artwork by: Dave Schultz
• Music is Canadian Content (MAPL)
EP and Live Band Line Up:
Patrick Davison – Guitar
Derek Haley – Guitar
Chris McKichan – Bass
Matt Ashton – Drums
Derek Lee – Vocals