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Why Was 1994 the Best Year for Vocalist Mike Muir?

Updated on January 16, 2019
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

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Mike Muir's Vocal Diversity Was His Best Asset in That Year

There are calendar years that are or should be considered the best for musicians and or singers and 1994 was the best year for vocalist Mike Muir, the vocalist for American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies and that album was called Suicidal for Life. The album’s title is way over the top and there is too much profanity in the album’s lyrical content which will take the album’s score down considerably. 1994 was the best year for Mike Muir as well because this is the year that his voice may have been at his best range.

Mike Muir Can Sing the Hardcore Style As Well

The album lyrically is a rebellion against established social norms and the status quo. Sometimes it gets to the point that we cannot take anymore nonsense from anyone. Note: sometimes as writers we have to find a different angle to write from when the content of a certain album is objectionable and questionable. In terms of the history of heavy metal in the United States, Mike Muir isn’t just your average standard metal vocalist because he can use his voice to do a good low voice or he can sing the hardcore style as well.

A Review of a Very Controversial Studio Album and Mike Muir's Vocal Abilities

But the band’s use of questionable lyrics is their biggest problem and as a fan of the metal genre, I don’t really understand why they did this. What Else Could I Do starts heavy with some intense drumming before it slows down. The song at the end says it beautifully though as bad feelings have the potential to have very detrimental effects on our health. What You Need’s a Friend is a humorous song about the kind of friends that we should not have and these kinds of friends are the energy vampires that leech off of us and drain our vibration energies. I Wouldn’t Mind is one of the best songs in the band’s career and it has some excellent fills by drummer Jimmy Degrasso. 1994 was a long time ago for some of us but if we analyze the larger context of that year for American metal, it was still pretty good even though other American bands such as Metallica and Megadeth were experimenting musically. Mike Muir and his band members were still sticking to their roots and writing effective songs about society, love, and relationships. The song Evil sees the vocals getting even lower pitched even though the song may get annoying for some fans to handle. Love Vs. Loneliness may the softest song in an album that has seen so much heaviness and profanity laced lyrics. How can you attract love into your life if you think that you are not worth anything? How can you demand respect when you don’t respect others? These and other questions are what this song asks. 1994 was the best year for the band Suicidal Tendencies and Mike Muir as a whole and he shows that he is a decent vocalist for the heavy metal genre and American heavy metal in general. Even if 1994 was the best year vocally for Mike Muir, this album did not sell very well at all. On the Billboard 200 music charts, the album only reached #82. Even though the songwriting on this album is good for the most part, what really lowers the score for the album is the incessant profanity that is used. It is one thing to have aggressive music but what point is served by having so much profane lyrics in one album?

That stated, even though 1994 was the best year for Mike Muir vocally, he may not be as good as Prong’s Tommy Victor.

"Love Vs. Loneliness"

"I Wouldn't Mind" Great Fill Drumming

© 2018 Ara Vahanian

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