Mr. Bungle Release Live Album and Concert Film of Their Halloween Livestream Show

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The resurrection of alt-metal powerhouse Mr. Bungle has been pretty incredible across the board. Known for their clownish experimental music, the band returned to their thrash metal roots on last year’s The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, a re-recording of their first demo which this time featured Anthrax’s Scott Ian and former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. Now, the band have announced a CD and Blu-Ray of their Halloween 2020 livestream performance, due out in June.

Mr. Bungle’s live album and movie will be titled The Night They Came Home, and will feature the full audio and video of the band’s Halloween livestream set. Also included on the Blu-Ray will be behind-the-scenes footage, unexpected cameos, and the opening salvo from oily comedian Neil Hamburger. For old-school fans, the band will be releasing VHS tapes of the footage, which contains an edited-down version of the concert film.

To give fans a taste of what’s to come, Bungle have released a video for their live rendition of “Bungle Grind.” Check it out below:

Mr. Bungle’s The Night They Came Home drops June 11th via Ipecac Recordings, and is available for preorder. Check out the full tracklisting and cover art below:

  1. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Fred Rogers cover)
  2. Anarchy Up Your Anus
  3. Raping Your Mind
  4. Bungle Grind
  5. Methematics
  6. Hell Awaits/Summer Breeze (Slayer/Seals & Croft medley/cover)
  7. Eracist
  8. World Up My Ass (Circle Jerks cover)
  9. Glutton For Punishment
  10. Hypocrites/Habla Español O Muere (S.O.D. cover)
  11. Spreading The Thighs of Death
  12. Loss for Words
  13. Sudden Death
  14. Loss of Control (Van Halen cover)

While some old-school Bungle fans were disappointed by the band’s metallic leanings on Raging Wrath, guitarist Trey Spruance was excited that the band finally got their “metal moment.” Speaking to the Pit, Trey explained that while Mr. Bungle have experimented with countless genres and influences, metal has always resided at the core of what they do.

“it’s gear-shifting — the approach is different, but I’m playing guitar, is all I’m doing,” Trey told us. “With Mr. Bungle in the ‘90s, I was putting on a different hat every five seconds. It’s really different for me, and for Trevor as well. And for Mike — he’s singing tonally, atonally, screaming, doing all these different things you don’t do much in metal. At least not in our metal, when we thought we were a Bay Area thrash band in 1985!”


Words by Chris Krovatin