The Mute Gods | Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Label : InsideOut Music
Release Year : 2016
Country : International
Genre : Progressive Alternative Rock
Nick Beggs – Bass/Chapman Stick/Guitars/Keyboards/Vocals/Programming
Roger King – Keyboards, Guitars/Backing Vocals/Programming/Production
Marco Minnemann – Drums/Percussion/Guitars/Sound Design
Guest Vocals on Father Daughter
Nick Beggs has been a true tour de force in music for the better part of 35 to 40 years now. In recent years he has shed his pop rock wings in the 1980’s for a more progressive flight in his musical and creative journey into the 21st century. He has had a dream resume playing with the likes of IONA, Steven Wilson, Lonely Robot and Steve Hackett to name a few. However up to this point he had never done anything of his own accord. Finally Tomas Waber at Inside Out Records brought the idea to Nick Beggs himself.
A period of thought and consideration finally resulted in the name The Mute Gods.
After settling on The Mute Gods for a name, Nick Beggs would proceed to to hunt band members to share his musical and creative vision. On drums he did not have to search too long. He would enlist his Steven Wilson band mate Marco Minnemann. To round out the band he would enlist the services of world renowned musician known for his work with Steve Hackett, Roger King – Keyboards, Guitars/Backing Vocals/Programming/Production . The Mute Gods were set.
In 2015 and throughout portions of touring with both Steven Wilson and Steve Hackett the respective members would come up with the debut album The Mute Gods Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me. The thematic concept of the album is basically the world view of Nick Beggs. While some listeners may come to the conclusion that the project is a list of conspiracy theories out of the strange, I see it as the creativity of a true modern musical genius with a lot to say. Another thing I appreciate and respect with this album is Nick Beggs refuses to be pigeonholed in to genre stereotyping. For the true progressive fan or fan of great music in general, there is a lot going on through the duration of Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me. Lets look a little at The Mute Gods Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me.
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me opens with a special effects passage that mirrors and appears as someone is tuning in a radio or television set. It contains a great fluid rhythm section that is in a very heavy post progressive rock element. For a band whose members are more accepted for their instrumental prowess, their is some really tight harmony happening within the vocal structure and the relationship of the vocal and instrumental as well.
Praying To A Mute God has a nice fluid rhythm opening section. The bottom rhythmic passage is very heavy. Not in metal heavy, but in heavy prog. The chorus and verses have a very clean pop sensibility without defeating any purpose to those listening for progressive rock reasons. Roger King’s hammond organ reinforces the heavy rhythmic passages and elements. The track takes a wicked off time signature solo about the 3:38 mark. The rest of it is a straight away progressive rock track.
Nightschool For Idiots is one of those tracks that is melancholic instrumentally but full of life lyrically. On many levels both as a musician and just a individual the listener can identify with the track. Lush keyboard atmospheres meet with heavy rhythm elements throughout the duration of the song. The vocals may be soft however serve the greater purpose of the story being told.
Feed The Troll begins as something out of science fiction with certain keyboard generated effects before exploding with the main backbone passage. That main backbone passage is one of a thunderous bass/stick oriented rock met with more synth atmospheres. Science fiction effects and elements move in and out with grace throughout the track and arrangement. About the 2:25 mark the track presents some wicked effects as one breathing through the vacum in interstellar cyber space. The story is very much of that of cyber stalking on all levels.
Your Dark Ideals starts in a heavy prog rhythmic sensibility. It relies more on the verse /chorus /verse in a straight up progressive rock track. There is some great harmony and melodies happening all through the track. There are some perfect backing harmonies playing off the main harmony vocally.
Last Man on Earth opens as a ballad. It has a basic song structure of opening verse to bridge that builds towards the chorus. The story can be construed in a few ways. The track is very easy to listen to , even to those unfamiliar with progressive rock or the bands members and their work. Last Man On Earth serves as a great gateway track.
In The Crosshairs is a really heavy prog laden track. This opens with a towering thunderous rhythm section with a sleek keyboard running side by side in harmony with the main rhythm section. It is the only instrumental on the album. It is very well crafted.
Strange Relationship starts out with a almost jazz drum passage before the bass , keyboards and vocals come in. It is also a bit of classical fusion blended smoothly with the jazz drumming of Marco Minnemann. If you listening closely it is almost two songs going on at once, however not loosing the attention of the listener. At about the 3:30 mark the keyboard gives it a great fusion style atmosphere.
Swimming Horses starts with a almost space rock vibe on the keyboards. It soon picks up with a more eclectic passage of stick pumped through a bass processor. About the 1:50 mark the vocals take on a chant before the chorus kicks in. This is a track that builds upon every passage. The vocal harmonies are lush and beautiful. The echoes compliment the main vocals perfectly. The solo in this takes a very late 1960′ to early 1970’s appeal.
Marvo Capelo starts out with a simple semi acoustic guitar and vocal harmony. Then it totally explodes with rhythmic atmospheres and and keyboards that carry a vintage prog sound with a modern sensibility. There are several atmospheric passages and elements that all come together under a perfect melodic banner. This track even has small hints and elements of metal at certain points. The tracks’ towering rhythms really carry the track through.
Father Daughter is a tender song , almost ballad, about a father and daughter communicating through the melodic filter of song. It is a song about regret and reconciliation. To some listeners this could be a real tear jerker of a track. Lula Beggs , the daughter of Nick Beggs has a stellar performance complimenting the male vocal done by her father.
What I liked about The Mute Gods Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me is that you can not compare the tracks or passages to anything out there. It is one of the most original albums to come down the pipeline over the last 30 years. The album is so well written and produced you can not even place the title of ‘Supergroup’ on the band as well. There are individual stories that really capture the vision Nick Beggs articulated on the album. I give this a 5/5 on the above mentioned alone.