Monkey3
Welcome to the Machine


4.1
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
February 23rd, 2024 | 16 replies


Release Date: 02/23/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alternate universe Pink Floyd.

Right out of the gate, Monkey3 turned out one of the strongest and most consistent contemporary European psychedelic rock band. Flirting with stoner rock at the right moments, they have built a dedicated fan base by touring with some of the biggest names in the genre as well. Very calculated and powerful, each record moved forward into their own cinematic sonic universe. What always helped, was the crystal clear and dynamic production. Over the course of the last decade, the Swiss quartet moved on to more expansive endeavors, focusing on lengthier pieces with more intricate structures. The progressive side took the forefront, especially on the latest LP, Welcome to the Machine. A clear nod to Pink Floyd, the guys steered into the respective direction. As a result, we receive the round of riffs we’re accustomed to amid more atmospheric sound scapes and guitar solos. There is an overall dystopian Sci-Fi vibe to it, feeling adventurous, moody and slightly melancholic at times.

The album starts on a wondrous note with “Ignition”, featuring multiple intense progressions. Like a sonic rollercoaster, the guitars constantly push forward, being interrupted only by lush, ambient passages. Solos abound over solid rhythmic sections, augmented by fitting synthesizer layers. Centerpiece “Kali Yuga” starts with an early God Is an Astronaut-like lead, before transitioning to heavier territory. As it maintains a post-rock atmosphere throughout, we can also hear a subtle change in tone. A rather bittersweet aura sets in, becoming clear on the final epic, “Collapse”. This track owes most to Pink Floyd, especially during the opening section. The thrilling synths and David Gilmore-inspired playing evoke that longing sentiment we could hear on The Division Bell for example. Huge riffs take over soon, expanding the piece, until it breaks down halfway into a groovy detour. The bass leads the way, while a keyboard solo graces us too. Several segments later, distortion returns, as expected, offering us a proggy coda. Monkey3 put considerable effort into crafting these tunes and the results are stellar. Even the two remaining, shorter cuts found in between these three mammoths are just as strong. “Collision” & “Rackman” deliver a more compact version of the psychedelic progressive rock goods, the latter being probably the hardest hitting one here. Five years lapsed since Sphere, but it was definitely worth the wait. Welcome to the Machine is the most ambitious effort the quartet developed so far and it is the most rewarding record in their catalog.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2024


6169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Another excellent Monkey3 record.



Stream here - http://open.spotify.com/album/4ePyoRcbljdyQeKWCRVVq0?si=IHSroY6qROmMgbl9vv6zDA

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2024


32015 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The little I've heard sounded monumental, will check.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
February 23rd 2024


16595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sounds rad, will check

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
February 24th 2024


16595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it awesome

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2024


6169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Agreed, I didn't expect it to sound this good tbh.

SharkTooth
February 25th 2024


14921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aww yea new Monkey3

Sniff
February 26th 2024


8039 Comments


Oh shit new Monkey3

teamster
February 27th 2024


6219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More proggy than I expected. Song writing is unique. Love it.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 29th 2024


32015 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is excellent. Those two solos on the opener made me reach for my axe.

deathschool
March 1st 2024


28595 Comments


Monkey3 before GTA 6 is crazy

WatchItExplode
March 6th 2024


10448 Comments


Make of this what you will but I just listened to this for the first time while taking a walk and had a whole ass daydream in Spanish. I haven't studied in Spanish in 20 years.

Spec
March 12th 2024


39371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is nice.

Megabomberman
March 21st 2024


169 Comments


Thanks for bringing this album to my attention. I have Kali Yuga on repeat, such a lovely hard edge to the back end of that track.

RogueNine
March 29th 2024


5530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Like Naxatras but better is the impression I'm getting.

RogueNine
April 14th 2024


5530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ignition probably has the solo of the year.

Piglet
April 19th 2024


8474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the fairest of fucks have to be given to these swisse blokeronis, the leads fucken spank innit



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