Monsters
Monsters


2.5
average

Review

by KSK1 USER (6 Reviews)
February 17th, 2011 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you can get past the awful lyrics that contaminate this album, you will probably enjoy it thoroughly. It's a good headbanger.

As a frequent attendee of metal/hardcore shows, I can safely say I feel right at home standing in front of, behind or in the pit. Whether I'm just observing, moshing or getting in the bands face, I'v always felt an odd sense of comfort in such circumstances. However, the first time I saw Chicago's very own "Monsters", my heart dropped and I felt a little intimidated. The singers pissed off appearance and behavior inspired a likewise reaction from the crowd. While slightly scared, I was also extremely aroused by their mentality and presence. Having never heard them before, I instantly went and listened to their EP and was satisfied that I found a new heavy band to listen to. Well now their full length album is out and sure enough I was more than ready to see how they had progressed with their sound. So were they able to match my enthusiasm with a remarkable, skull crushing album?

Well unfortunately theres no yes or no answer. This album has it's ups and downs and I learned quite quickly that I wasn't quite going to listen to the metal album of the year when I popped it in my disc tray, but rather another slightly above average effort by another band that has the ability to do so much more. This album is nonstop all the way through and the relentless drumming keeps your heart rate up there as it intends to do. The guitar work is mostly chugging especially from the rhythm player. The lead however does offer a good variation of interesting and almost ambient guitar tones that create a dark vibe in their music, and nothing could be more fitting.

The vocals are mainly low pitched growls and screams that convey the intended emotion of anger. While there is little variation they are certainly intense and evoke an inner rage inside listeners. The lyrics however leave a lot to be desired and are the major underlining fault on this effort. They are rather juvenile throughout the bulk of this album and the meaning of whatever point they are trying to make gets lost in the unnecessary forced rhymes. Lines such as:

"Shaken on the floor, left here from war
I said I wish I had time to redo the score
My fists were
Clenched I tried to jump the fence
Ask myself if the
Bullet know the difference"

just sound so bad when spoken out loud that it seems like they are just writing the first thing that comes to their mind and maybe making minimal tweeks here and there. Another potential plague on this album is the rapped lyrics. While most will detest the use of such a vocal style in this particular genre of music, I find it rather intriguing. It isn't very abundant yet adds a small amount of what would've been entirely absent variation. Since everybody is now going to relate them to Emmure, let me tell you why what Monsters is doing is NOT the same thing. Emmure mutters off completely mind-numbing lyrics with no possible meaning that anyone besides the band themselves could actually possibly care about. Monsters however are at least making an effort to be taken seriously (for the most part) even in the rapping portions of their songs.

Overall, this album is relentlessly heavy, hateful and angry. While they aren't breaking grounds in the music industry they get their point across...they're pissed. For me, it's a good listen every once and a while when I'm looking to bang my head till my brain is tenderized. So if you like breakdowns, rage, and more breakdowns, you will most likely enjoy this album for what it is because it is exactly that, yet respectably leagues beyond a lot of other contending bands in the genre because they don't copy the same recycled sound verbatim that so many other bands gravitate toward these days.



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LiquidVelvet
February 17th 2011


628 Comments


My band is opening for these guys in March. Not great, but not bad at all.

KSK1
February 17th 2011


4084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Noticed there was no review for this so I figured I'd do it the justice. Second review, criticism is welcomed.

cvlts
February 17th 2011


8960 Comments


standing in front of, behind or in the pit

you just summed up every person at a hardcore/metal show

KSK1
February 17th 2011


4084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah for sure. They are really fun to watch live. They have a really good stage presence that I don't see in a lot of bands.

KSK1
February 17th 2011


4084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"standing in front of, behind or in the pit

you just summed up every person at a hardcore/metal show"

Haha, well that was the goal. That regardless of where I am in the venue I love the environment I'm in. Any ideas on how to reword it?

d00derz
February 17th 2011


113 Comments


saw these guys a couple days ago. they weren't terrible, but it was just breakdown after breakdown. and right hand to god, i swear the vocalist threw the word "tampon" into his lyrics somewhere.

Digging: Hail The Sun - Wake

KSK1
February 17th 2011


4084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Haha, sadly I think that would still somehow improve the lyrical quality of their music. Although the EP wasn't as bad with the lyrics. I don't know what happened.

IAmKickass
February 17th 2011


840 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Emmure wanna be's. Not a good direction to head in.

KSK1
February 17th 2011


4084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I see what you're getting at but I hate Emmure and enjoy this band. Less scene kid groupies and songs about sucking dicks.

RobotJesus
February 17th 2011


432 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

These guys out on a commanding live show super fun and crazy amounts of energy some good ol "windy city death" from these guys... also the reason they sound like emmure is they are signed to frankies record company and the vocalist kind of looks like him haha

KSK1
February 17th 2011


4084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea, I actually kind of forgot they were signed to his company when I was writing this. But now I remember the vocalist saying something on their last tour.

RobotJesus
February 18th 2011


432 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ignite the Underground is the best song live... and they have been signed for a couple years to him i think



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