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MUTINY IN JONESTOWN is the primary solo project of Dennis Montgomery and the band has been releasing albums since 1987. One of his other solo projects, WYTCHCRYPT, is also included in the Prog Archives database in the Experimental/Post Metal sub-genre.

Beginning his musical education at the age of 4, Dennis started out playing the organ and by the time Sgt Peppers was released was working out the latest BEATLES songs by ear. By the age of 15 he added drums, bass and guitar to the list of instruments he played. After a five year apprenticeship playing in local rock bands, most notably ELFHOUSE, he decided to step out on his own with projects where he would write the lyrics and music and perform / record all the parts himself. After another few years honing his craft in various solo projects like GENERAL COSMO and PLATEAU MADD it was time to form the band that would be the primary focus of his musical efforts over the next 30 years and counting ... MUTINY IN JONESTOWN.
Influenced by classic 70's progressive rock bands like KING CRIMSON, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR & GENESIS - along with late 60's psychedelia from THE BEATLES, PROCOL HARUM & PINK FLOYD (with a little 70's BLACK SABBATH thrown in for good measure), MUTINY IN JONESTOWN has always sought to take these influences and synthesize them into something new.

Most songs include vocals with lyrical subject matter covering many sources, though often drawing inspiration from the fiction and poetry of HP Lovecraft and EE Cummings. Instrumentation usually includes the standard progressive rock lineup of bass, drums, guitar (electric, pedal steel & acoustic), modern keyboards emulating classic Mellotron, Hammond organ, Clavinet and Moog / ARP textures, and of course vocals. Songs range in length from concise pieces of 3 minutes all the way up to extended compositions that regularly break the 10 minute mark - with a couple of these crossing beyond 30 minutes. Most albums are collections of unrelated songs, though a handful (like the 1991 release, "The False Hollow Phantoms of Beauty" and the 2017 release, "The Daemons Mock Me While I Sleep") are exclusively based on the work of HP Lovecraft.

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Let The Bag Lady Swing
1988
2.00 | 1 ratings
ABC's for Monkeys and Bears
1990
2.00 | 1 ratings
Plotting Curves on Paradox Machines
1990
3.00 | 2 ratings
Lost in Line
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
The False Hollow Phantoms Of Beauty
1991
3.50 | 2 ratings
Hamburger Fish & Fried Chicken Chips
1992
2.00 | 1 ratings
Hooked on Phonics
1993
3.85 | 4 ratings
Lost in an Absinthe Dream
1993
2.82 | 2 ratings
Brouhaha
1994
2.00 | 1 ratings
My Lost Hazy Plans
1996
4.00 | 2 ratings
Twist and Grout
1997
2.00 | 1 ratings
True Wars Are Never Won
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
Return Of The Nowhere Man
1999
2.00 | 1 ratings
Absolutely Bacon
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
Catalyst
2001
2.00 | 1 ratings
Madness and Purity
2002
4.00 | 2 ratings
Eat the Bugs
2003
4.24 | 5 ratings
Providence
2003
2.82 | 2 ratings
Apparition
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
For Those Who Stand Alone
2004
1.00 | 1 ratings
Mutiny in Athens
2005
4.90 | 3 ratings
No China Doll For You
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Necromancy
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
14
2014
2.00 | 1 ratings
Beatle Madness Volume I
2016
2.00 | 1 ratings
Beatle Madness Volume 2
2016
3.76 | 4 ratings
The Daemons Mock Me While I Sleep
2017

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In the Walls of Eryx
1987
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Random Animal Parts
1988
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Happy New Year from Jonestown!
1996
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Dragons on the Road
2001

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Formaldehyde B-Sides
1989
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Vortex on Vortex of Madness - The Best of Mutiny in Jonestown
1999
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...to make a long story short...
2005
3.91 | 2 ratings
The Witching Hour
2016
3.00 | 1 ratings
Anthology I (1988 - 1992)
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Anthology II (1993 - 2002)
2016
3.09 | 2 ratings
Anthology III (2003 - 2014)
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Anthology IV - The Lovecraft Collection
2016
2.00 | 1 ratings
Anthology V (Covers)
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Encyclopaedia Lovecraft
2016
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of the Rest of Mutiny in Jonestown
2019

MUTINY IN JONESTOWN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.50 | 2 ratings
The Vortex of Madness
1995

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 Providence by MUTINY IN JONESTOWN album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.24 | 5 ratings

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Providence
Mutiny In Jonestown Neo-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars I remember to have commented MUTINY IN JONESTOWN quite badly when it was suggested for addition some years ago. Luckiky I wasn't in the neo-prog team yet. The reason is that I thought that music inspired to the work of H.P. LOVECRAFT can't be so "happy" as the samples I listened to were.

I don't remember which albums these samples were from, but surely not this one.

Providence is the city where Lovecraft spent almost all his life except a couple of years in NY when he was married to Sonia, a woman he previously ghost-writed for. This album contains a short track which is not bad but seems to have been added to fill a LP length. The over 30 minutes epic, which is shipped in two separate parts from Bandcamp, is inspired to one of the most scary novels written by HPL, and one of his last.

The music this time has the dissonances needed to make it sound weird enough, even if pure neo-prog moments appear here and there. For me, concentrating on the music and its qualities without thinking to the sensations that the novel is able to give, is very hard. I'll do my best.

First of all, a multi-instrumentist usually has a weakness, at least with one instrument. Dennis MONTGOMERY, even if not a virtuoso (at least not in this album) is able to play all the instruments at the same good level. There are good ideas and the voice is not very powerful but especially in this epic he sounds like GENTLE GIANT. The darker moments are more in sintony with the story, especially the first minutes of the second part of the suite, when his rocker soul is temporarily offline. I's in those moments that I hear a connection with Gentle Giant.

When the rocker soul emerges...well, it's rock.

The second part of the epic, so the last 20 minutes are the best part of this album, at least for me, because in some moments it's able to partially recreate the atmosphere of the novel. If you don't know the novel, please believe me: being so weird is everything but easy.

So I'm happy to have actually had no voice in the evaluation of this project for addition. I was wrong and this album, currently the only one Mutiny in Jonestown's album that I've listened carefully enough for a review, deserves to be featured here. The vocals aren't the best skill of this artist, but fit perfectly with this music and this subject.

Never stop at the first impression.

 The Best of the Rest of Mutiny in Jonestown by MUTINY IN JONESTOWN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2019
3.00 | 1 ratings

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The Best of the Rest of Mutiny in Jonestown
Mutiny In Jonestown Neo-Prog

Review by The.Crimson.King

— First review of this album —
3 stars "The Best of the Rest of Mutiny in Jonestown", is the bands' 9th and final compilation album. This one is made up of tracks pulled from 8 albums long out of print and not suitable for uploading to public sites like Bandcamp. In some cases, this is because the recording quality of the album is not the best due to the available home studio technology of the day. This specifically refers to the 3 albums recorded before 1990's "Lost in Line", where an upgrade of studio equipment provided a much appreciated jump in recording quality. Even still, these early songs appear here as flawed gems representing quality compositions realized on lesser quality technology. Another major factor is that 7 of these albums contain cover tunes which would infringe copyright considerations if made public or the albums were presented online in their entirety.

The exciting thing about this compilation is the tracks do not appear on any other album currently available or previous compilation so are unveiled here for the very first time - thus making the metaphor presented by the cover image of "milking it" not exactly true (or at least no more true than any compilation album). The songs are presented in the order of most recent to oldest so in a way, besides being a compilation of some of my favorite Mutiny in Jonestown songs, the album can be experienced as a historical time capsule of the band, beginning with where they ended up and ending where they started. In fact, the final two songs, "AllHallows Eve" and "In the Walls of Eryx" are pulled from the very first Mutiny in Jonestown album, recorded live in the studio back in December 1987. These two songs represent the first recordings of the band about 6 months after forming on 7/28/87.

I never rate compilation albums very highly because they always sound like a disjointed group of songs with no concept or underlying theme. This compilation is no exception, though the fact that it moves chronologically backwards by design through the history of the band (beginning with a song released in 2014 and ending with a pair of songs released in 1987) allows me to overlook that point.

My initial inclination was to give this album 2 stars as it will be most appreciated by those already familiar with the band and interested in it's historical evolution. However, after listening to the album a couple times last night in it's entirety, I decided this is a 3 star effort as the songs do stand apart from the historical significance of the band, and could be appreciated especially by those interested in the more guitar heavy style of prog rock, or at least rock prog!

 Hamburger Fish & Fried Chicken Chips by MUTINY IN JONESTOWN album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.50 | 2 ratings

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Hamburger Fish & Fried Chicken Chips
Mutiny In Jonestown Neo-Prog

Review by jayem

4 stars Several songs there sound similar to others i found did sound better. But since there are many, we can chose, and there are more than interesting tracks. The distorted instrumental Burn is happily found after calm Sad Angel. Another 12 Years From Now reminds me frippertonics I enjoy most. Refreshing synth arpeggios in Is There Really is almost one of those great "earworm" songs. An a Aha fan since my youth, I have a very special soft spot for Starve For Me where Dennis' singing strikingly reminds me of Morten Harket's. Even Aha tried hard to get back to songs that have that power, and I don't think they succeed 100% ! Songs like Ghost Ship and GOP (even more!) are difficult to forget, the guy fits those songs craftfully into my ears !

So definitely not just a good album, it has a lot to offer, NO it's not as common as hamburger fish & fried chicken chips !!

 No China Doll For You by MUTINY IN JONESTOWN album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.90 | 3 ratings

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No China Doll For You
Mutiny In Jonestown Neo-Prog

Review by jayem

5 stars This album is my favorite out of all MIJ albums I've listened to ! Dense in alternating various immersive moods, from eerie moments ? lots of tension, the music seems to have been designed so as to have Lovecraft monsters appear ? to comforting moments. The lyrics hint at romantic / fantastic litterature, some are about hope and fulfilment. Both the music and the lyrics (all by one single author, and a musical world with strong identity ) though an excerpt from a poem by Clark Ashton Smith was used for the first piece are worth my time and focus at listening.

For the anecdote, Porcelaine, one of the pretty lot of "earworms" one can find in MIJ (though definitely not elevator music's earworms !! best, Wish to Wish, Arianna are in the list ) reminds me of Depeche Mode ! I'm less into the two last tracks, otherwise I dare consider this one standing out as my nr one by MIJ (and what I enjoy in it I prefer to a huge mountain of other projects !).

 The Daemons Mock Me While I Sleep by MUTINY IN JONESTOWN album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.76 | 4 ratings

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The Daemons Mock Me While I Sleep
Mutiny In Jonestown Neo-Prog

Review by jayem

4 stars Hard to type a review as I know nothing about Lovecraft, but if I just focus on the music, in that regard this is my second favorite album from Mutiny In Jonestown, after intense No China Doll For You. It takes it's time and I have to wait now and then for the best moment, but when we're there, there we are !

The spine-chill at moving from lyrics section to lush string MTron + organ in Dagon at 3'19 is nothing short of MTron use at it's best. My fav parts apart from that are: Astrophobos 1'42 and 6'25 organ solo. Polaris 10'35 short but perfect. Despair doesn't make me despair at all... but no dameon I completely enjoy that piece and won't jump over parts to listen to the most exciting ones !

I guess reading some Lovecraft will deepen my listening experience.

 The Vortex of Madness by MUTINY IN JONESTOWN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1995
2.50 | 2 ratings

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The Vortex of Madness
Mutiny In Jonestown Neo-Prog

Review by jayem

3 stars In fun is power: the author himself gives a warning those pieces were just for fun, but fun is how an amazing bizarre flanged intro of 16 seconds to "Peter Zen" appears, sounding very sweetly to my ears ( a pleasure which be easily understood if we agree that those flanged sounds make for actual chords and there are notes already, not just noise )... what I consider his best hard rock riff among the ones I know from him, in Lexicon at 1'51. So only great sparks, we're just left to figuring out which piece would fit to them. The remaining I found less catchy (some melodies or riffs in Mutiny In Jonestown ARE catchy !), but some nice lines also.

The Crimson King's review will tell more !

 The Vortex of Madness by MUTINY IN JONESTOWN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1995
2.50 | 2 ratings

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The Vortex of Madness
Mutiny In Jonestown Neo-Prog

Review by The.Crimson.King

2 stars Warning, this 16+ minute EP sounds nothing like Mutiny in Jonestown. This is a detour from business as usual into the crazy and fun world of experimental looping and doesn't take itself too seriously, so I hope no one else who gives it a listen does either. This album is meant to be a fun exploration and should be listened to in that spirit.

The album was recorded in April of 1995 and consists of experimental improvised pieces based on the processing technique called looping. Around that time Lexicon had just released one of the first large scale commercially available digital loopers which they called the "Jam Man". The idea was you could create "loops" by layering section upon section of guitars, keyboards, vocals, drums, sound effects or whatever you wanted. Then you could record additional loops built up in the same way and move among them in real time by use of a foot pedal creating a song structure built of very odd parts.

These experimental pieces were all based on improvised foundations created by layering and looping guitars and vocals. A rock rhythm section of bass and drums was then added to give a little structure to the chaos (or, as HP Lovecraft might call it, "the vortex of madness"). Finally, a little post recording processing was added to give an unusual sheen to create the finished project.

Improvisation is a very hit or miss approach which usually falls short but occasionally can hit one out of the park. On this album, the home run track is "Mary Wants a Cordless Drill", which sounds strangely like something Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band would have put on their 1969 showcase of madness, "Trout Mask Replica".

The story of the name of this track is amusing. I was working at a high tech company back in 1995 and every Christmas they put a "giving tree" in the lobby. It was a Christmas tree with labels on it that local charities placed to let us know what local people in need would like for Christmas, but couldn't afford. One day I was looking through the labels deciding which one I would take when I ran across a label that simply said, "Mary wants a cordless drill". I couldn't have made up a better song title if I'd tried! What makes this improvisation so successful is when the vocals break into the melody of Silent Night while the background splits into several threads, some trying to follow Silent Night and others continuing in Beefheart inspired blissful ignorance.

Unfortunately, every track on this EP isn't as successful as "Mary Wants a Cordless Drill", but hey, that's what you get with improvisation! This album is really the definition of a 2 star, for collectors/fans only.

 Anthology V (Covers) by MUTINY IN JONESTOWN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Anthology V (Covers)
Mutiny In Jonestown Neo-Prog

Review by The.Crimson.King

— First review of this album —
2 stars The final anthology album is a collection of covers. These came from albums as early as 1993's "Lost in an Absinthe Dream" with a version of The Beatles "Day Tripper" to 2014 with a cover of Ange's, "Sur La Trace Des Fees" and a couple other songs from the album, "14".

Other bands covered on the album include Black Sabbath, REM, Twelfth Night, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and the Rolling Stones. By far the most frequently covered band on the album is the Beatles with 7 songs. This is hardly a surprise, as I mentioned in an earlier review that whenever I hit a wall and all inspiration vanished, I'd turn to covering Beatles songs until they'd blast me through writers block.

Rating this album is a difficult task. Not difficult about deciding a fair rating based on the quality of the songs and the PA rating guidelines, but difficult in the sense of a feeling of disappointment. Why? Because no one will likely ever hear the album due to current copyright laws covering BandCamp, youtube, SoundCloud, etc. Take youtube for example, for some inexplicable reason, people are allowed to upload entire albums that they obviously did not create or own the rights to with no repercussions.

True story: I uploaded a Mutiny in Jonestown cover of "Day Tripper" a few years ago and within weeks youtube sends me a message that I've been flagged for violating copyright. Then they tell me it's ok because they have an arrangement with the copyright owner who will allow me to violate copyright as long as I allow them to embed advertising in my video.

So let me get this straight, you are saying I'm breaking the law and I'm on a list, but it's ok if I let you monetize my video? Great. And what happens when Google changes this copyright policy without notifying me? All of the sudden myself and everyone on your list becomes a proven copyright violator? No thanks.

My wife owns a marketing and social media management business. I've seen first hand what happens to her clients that pull an image off Google without owning copyright or having permission and put it in their social media. They get a letter (usually from Getty Images) that basically states: We've discovered you're using one of our images without permission. We don't care if you've already taken it down or promise to do so. You used it and we documented it. We've included an invoice for $1,000 which is due immediately. If payment is not received in 10 days we will begin legal proceedings and sue you for much more.

I know I've gotten way off topic for an album review, but I thought it was relevant to the process of determining a fair rating for the album (and also it might prevent some of you from "getting on the list" with youtube or sued by Google/Getty Images :-)

Anyway, I pulled my cover of "Day Tripper" and have never uploaded anything I didn't create since. For that reason, and the fact that nearly half of the covers are considered rock rather than prog, I'll sadly give the album 2 stars. If the current double standard of music copyright law regarding cover songs someday changes and I can upload this album to BandCamp, I'll do so and happily upgrade my rating.

 Anthology IV - The Lovecraft Collection by MUTINY IN JONESTOWN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Anthology IV - The Lovecraft Collection
Mutiny In Jonestown Neo-Prog

Review by The.Crimson.King

— First review of this album —
4 stars This is the 4th album in the anthology series. While volumes I to III presented songs taken in chronological order from the studio albums between 1988 and 2014, this album consists of the longest HP Lovecraft pieces released between 1990's "Lost in Line" and 2003's, "Providence". The pieces are presented in chronological order with 1990's "At the Mountains of Madness" opening the album, followed by 1991's, "The Festival", and finally concluding with 2003's, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth".

During the 1988 to 2014 time frame covered by the anthology series, there were an additional 8 Lovecraft songs that were not included on this album. Most were shorter in length than the songs selected or depicted some of Lovecraft's very obscure tales or poems so were passed over.

"At the Mountains of Madness" was the first large scale Lovecraft adaptation taking on his full length novel of the same name (Lovecraft only wrote 2 novel length works, "At the Mountains of Madness" and "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward"). This musical adaptation goes through many sections: some vocal, some instrumental. Guitar solos are frequent, but this album is mostly driven by the unusual sounds of the newly released (at the time) Yamaha SY22 vector synthesizer. The SY22 specialized in creating background washes that morphed over time between 4 separate sounds. It presents quite an unusual atmosphere and supports the events of Lovecraft's story of an Antarctic exploration and the unpleasant discoveries it brings very well.

"The Festival" was recorded a year later and was both the centerpiece of the next album, "The False Hollow Phantoms of Beauty" and the longest piece the band ever completed at that time clocking in at 24:59. It of course moves through many scenes and atmospheres staying close to the spirit of Lovecraft's original story. It's pretty much recorded with the same equipment as the previous "At the Mountains of Madness" but with one major difference. The studio had been upgraded to the newest Tascam recorder which included what's called an effects send channel. This technology upgrade enabled the band to better interpret the chaos of Lovecraft's original words, creating a musical world which mirrored the madness of his tale.

"The Shadow Over Innsmouth" is possibly one of Lovecraft's best known works. Setting the story to music required an extensive lyrical interpretation which took nearly 6 weeks to complete. By this time, the band had what was for all intents and purposes, an actual mellotron, if not a virtual one. It was a meticulously sampled mid 70's Mellotron M400 (the white, single keyboard model). Each of the original's 35 keys was separately sampled and the entire keyboard loaded onto a Yamaha Motif. The most well known mellotron string and choir sounds are frequently used throughout the piece. There are plenty of vocals to tell the story and the tale ends with one of the best guitar solo sections the band ever recorded.

As I've mentioned before, I don't rate compilation albums at 5 stars. In the case of this anthology, I'm seriously tempted to break my own rule, but will stick to my guidelines giving this a well deserved 4 stars.

 Anthology III (2003 - 2014) by MUTINY IN JONESTOWN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
3.09 | 2 ratings

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Anthology III (2003 - 2014)
Mutiny In Jonestown Neo-Prog

Review by The.Crimson.King

3 stars This is the 3rd of the 5 album anthology series and takes us through to what I thought at the time would be the last Mutiny in Jonestown studio album, "14". In the 11 years between 2003 and 2014, the band released 9 albums. Four of their highly rated albums are included in this date range, 2003's, "Eat the Bugs" and "Providence", 2004's, "For Those Who Stand Alone" and 2005's, "No China Doll For You". The lower rated albums during this time didn't really contribute much to this anthology. This is partly due to the fact that 2 of the albums were made up primarily of cover tunes.

This compilation is also interesting in that for every song firmly based in the world of prog there appears to be a matching song firmly based in the rock genre. The album both begins and ends with rock heavy songs like "All's I Want", "Dog Food" and one of the very first Mutiny in Jonestown songs, "1000 Below". This one was one of the bands' very first songs, written in 1987 and a staple of the shows which produced the first two live albums. Never before recorded for a studio album, it was made available for the first time over 25 years after it was written on the album, "14".

Many of the rockiest songs on this anthology are from albums out of print due to various reasons which makes this worth acquiring from BandCamp if you enjoy Mutiny in Jonestowns' style of rock mixed with prog. The prog songs here are some of the band's best, but are cherry picked from albums already available on BandCamp. Due to the nearly equal rating of rock to prog songs, this compilation would definitely be most enjoyed by current fans looking to complete their collection or those curious to hear an overview of the some of the best rock songs in the bands discography. For that reason, I'm giving this album 3 stars.

Thanks to The.Crimson.King & dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition.

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