Earlier this year, before the whole world got shut down, Mike Patton-led clown metallers Mr. Bungle toured the U.S. performing their demo, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, in its entirety. The trek was a huge success, with shows selling out almost instantly and merch lines winding through venues. Now, Mr. Bungle have announced that they’ll be releasing The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo as an album, complete with rewritten songs.
Featured on the album will be Mr. Bungle’s longtime line-up of Mike Patton (Faith No More), Trey Spruance, and Trevor Dunn. Filling out the line-up will be Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. The record will feature rerecorded versions of the songs found on the demo, as well as some reworked versions of classic tracks by S.O.D. and Corrosion Of Conformity.
“Recording this music with these guys was an enormous head-rush of virtuosity and surprises every day in the studio,” said Mike Patton. “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.”
“Recording this felt like we were finally utilising our PhDs in thrash metal,” said Trevor Dunn. “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.”
As part of the announcement, Mr. Bungle have released an animated video for one of the album’s track, “Raping Your Mind.” Full of vomiting rabbits and fake metal flyers, it’s pretty much everything you want from a Mr. Bungle video. Check it out:
The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo comes out October 30 via Ipecac Recordings and is available for preorder. Check out the full tracklisting and revamped cover art below:
1. Grizzly Adams
2. Anarchy Up Your Anus
3. Raping Your Mind
4. Hypocrites / Habla Español O Muere
5. Bungle Grind
8. Spreading The Thighs Of Death
9. Loss For Words
10. Glutton For Punishment
11. Sudden Death
Words by Chris Krovatin