Metal Review – Cyco Miko – The Mad Mad Muir Musical Tour (2011)

Cyco Miko - The Mad Mad Muir Musical TourTo me, Suicidal Tendencies was always a mixed bag. Always unexpected and always fun, but not something that I can constantly listen to. When I say that Mike Muir was coming out with a solo album, I was very excited and this album has not disappointed with what I was expecting. Production-wise, The Mad Mad Muir Musical Tour is very nice. It is a much more polished release than a lot of what I have been recently listening to.

As you would expect, The Mad Mad Muir Musical Tour is all over the place and that is a good thing. Listen to songs like Happiness. That is all over the place in just that one song. It is a well done ditty with elements of classic metal, progressive metal, thrash and punk all rolled together. Another song that I am really getting into is the third track, All the Way. Once again, it has various elements, but they all work so cohesively.

To me, the easy highlight of the album is the redo of Alone, which was already one of my favorite ST songs. Muir took it a completely different route with an acoustic version of this classic track. The acoustic work is done exceptionally well and just grooves like only Muir can and the distorted solo just melts into the middle of the song.

Overall, this is a more solid release than I was expecting and it is always fun to hear new music from Cyco Miko.

From the mind of the original Cyco, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES/INFECTIOUS GROOVES mastermind Mike Muir takes us on a journey into his world with the release of The Mad Mad Muir Musical Tour. With a 63-minute run time, the album features new tracks from CYCO MIKO, as well as previously unreleased INFECTIOUS GROOVES tunes that highlight where the band has been as well as where the band is headed. The Mad Mad Muir Musical Tour features 14-track and includes appearances by Robert Trujillo (now with Metallica), Fletcher Dragge (Pennywise) and Brooks Wackerman.

The Mad Mad Muir Musical Tour will be released in North America on October 11, 2011 via Suicidal Records.