Experimental rock legends Mr. Bungle are back together and they’re about to unleash fresh music on our Bungle-starved eardrums.
The band, fronted by Faith No More’s Mike Patton and joined by original members Trevor Dunn (bass) and Trey Spruance (guitar), have re-recorded a version of their 1986 demo The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny, which drops on October 30th.
The LP, which also features cameos from Anthrax‘s Scott Ian and Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, features tracks from the band’s original lo-fi hardcore thrash demo tape, as well as ‘Hypocrites / Habla Español O Muere’, a reimagining of ‘Speak English or Die’ by Scott Ian’s old band S.O.D., and a cover of Corrosion of Conformity’s ‘Loss for Words’.
The LP was produced by Mr. Bungle, engineered by Husky Höskulds at Studio 606, and mixed by Jay Ruston.
“Recording this music with these guys was an enormous head-rush of virtuosity and surprises every day in the studio,” Patton said. “Trey’s video game-esque solos, Scott’s bionic right hand and cyborg-like precision, Dave’s caveman-meets-Bobby Brady-like drum fills, Trevor’s solid foundation and laser-focus to detail.
“There is nothing sweeter than getting your ass kicked by true comrades… where everyone has a singular drive and mission.”
While Dunn added: “Recording this record felt like we were finally utilizing our Ph.Ds in Thrash Metal. All we had to do was go back to our original professors for some additional guidance and talk them into joining us. Turns out we were A+ students. We even went for extra credit by revisiting some tunes that we’d given up on back in the day.
“It was less like a trip of nostalgia and more like the refining of an original, worthy document. We were haunted for 35 years by the fact that this music wasn’t given it’s due respect. Now we can die.”
Mr. Bungle split up back in 2000 after the release of their third studio album, California. They reformed for a series of reunion shows earlier this year and teased a potential return to the studio to record new music.
Flash-forward to June, they released a cover of The Exploited’s ‘USA’, which marked their first new recorded material in over two decades, with all proceeds going to coronavirus relief efforts.
You can take that for a spin — along with the official music video for ‘Raping Your Mind’ — and check out the full track listing for The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo, below.
The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo track list
01 Grizzly Adams
02 Anarchy Up Your Anus
03 Raping Your Mind
04 Hypocrites / Habla Español O Muere
05 Bungle Grind
08 Spreading The Thighs of Death
09 Loss For Words
10 Glutton For Punishment
11 Sudden Death