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Madman Mundt 

For a Day or a Lifetime (Shifty)

Madman Mundt's second LP is the rare metal album that namechecks both Fritz Lang's arty Metropolis and B-movie detritus like C.H.U.D. Pairing heated political diatribes with drawings of demons devouring naked ladies, this disc manages to be both high-brow and low-class all at once.

Similarly unorthodox is Madman Mundt's twisted thrash, which runs the gamut from punky outbursts to doomy, Sabbathlike dirges. Frontman Mark D'Angelo alternates a maniacal, quavering shout with a creepy, paranoid hiss, bringing to mind both Keith Morris and David Yow. His bipolar bloodletting suits the band's amorphous, hard-to-pin-down tunes. Songs like the draining "Acreta" haphazardly veer from pretty guitar interludes to full-on circle-pit workouts.

Since finishing this disc, some of the band members have left the area, making another Madman Mundt album doubtful. Which answers this disc's title question: looks like it's only for a day, not a lifetime.

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