MonstrO
MonstrO


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
August 28th, 2011 | 10 replies | 4,680 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “I want people to walk away from it happy and feeling completed in some way.”

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

MonstrO is a difficult album to pin down. In one sense it seems to be a sludge rock/metal album, but in many ways it isn’t. The album makes much more sense when we realize that, “They wanted to end up with a sound that reminded them of their heroes without blatant imitation.” They even specified their heroes as Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction, and Metallica. Normally influences usually influence an album’s sound about as much as your friend influences you to lend him money, but I’m telling you that MonstrO is quite different. With the band’s musical ideals completely rooted in the past, we get an album that feels like a trip through memory lane. It’s a curious experience to be sure, but is it worth listening to? I would say yes.

For the first two tracks we’re punched in the face with buzz saw riffs, and it immediately seems that we know how the rest of the album will sound. We expect more of the same, of course, and we are therefore not surprised when punchy sludge songs like ‘Stallone’ and ‘Solar’ kick in. However, we are definitely surprised when the album turns in a completely opposite direction. This isn’t really a sludge rock album, it just seems like one for a while. The first hint of change came with the song ‘Concertina’, which is pretty much a direct rip-off of every classic rock song I’ve ever heard. Little did I know, however, just how different the album would get.

‘Concertina’ was only a stepping stone to the album’s variation, it seems. Soon, I was hit with ‘Olympia’, a… wait… a shoegaze song? Against all odds though, the album rises despite not rocking as hard as we might have liked. The rest of the album seems content with crooning away amongst a Peter Gabriel influenced classic rock atmosphere, and surprisingly, it’s pretty good. The band could have easily stuck with only sludge rock throughout the entire album, but instead we get pleasant variation. We’re also graced with real emotions that their brand of sludge rock couldn’t have exuded as well. It’s a fairly diverse album, and it keeps you interested in its progression. Overall, despite seeming a bit unorthodox, MonstrO is a compelling listen. It rocks as hard as it simmers, and this should help it appeal to a broader audience. It also makes for a memorable, interesting album, and that’s worth listening to.



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pizzamachine
August 28th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album stream: http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-premiere-monstro-streaming-self-titled-debut-album

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Dreamflight
August 28th 2011



1760 Comments


Sounds interesting dude, I'll check it out.



pizzamachine
August 28th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It really grew on me, hope you'll like it!

Odal
August 28th 2011



344 Comments


Few songs that I've heard just sound like a not-as-awesome Torche, seeing as their ex-guitarist is in this band. Vocals also kind of annoyed me.

Yuma310
August 28th 2011



1656 Comments


like these shorter reviews pos

pizzamachine
August 28th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks :]

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2011



7305 Comments


Good review dude! It sounds like stoner pop for me. Thanks.

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DoubtGin
December 18th 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty cool album, great happy stoner rock

Perplexion
August 3rd 2012



127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is no classic, but with all the sounds coming together here. This is just a pure filter of fresh air. The old school rock influences are there, but these guys have their own sound. Not only did I respect that upon repeated listens, but I've actually grown quite attached to the album. Very impressed.

Dunpeal
October 27th 2013



3590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is a pre cool album. almost a 4 for me



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