Monuments Gnosis Album Review
The UK band, Monuments, have released their first full-length album Gnosis and this reviewer had first dibs at listening. If you wish to listen while reading my review do so here.
My musical range is very expansive and I thought when I heard the Monuments description of progressive tech metal I thought I had them figured out before a listen, and to my delight, this was far from the case. The first minute of Admit Defeat followed what many would think of as a heavier metal sound including rough, and screechy vocals, heavy guitar and double pedal drums, and a nonexistent bass somewhere. Then out of nowhere we switch to a melodic singer! I was not expecting this twist, and it was a positive one. The vocals of Matt Rose seem to be all over the place with range, and the multiple levels are all a pleasing blend. The drums was the next instrument to surprise me, switching from a double peddle to a very strong beat for a heavier type of band, reminding me of much more Rock style which complimented the more melodic vocals. The guitar followed in similar fashion switching from its harder sound to soft harmony with Rose. And the biggest surprise was the bass solo, loud and clear, banging a funky beat that Flea could get down to. By the end of the first song I had, had my previous thoughts turned upside, and my smile was undeniable.
The Monuments have found a nice blend of what seems to be several types of music, and giving them a metal twist, but never shied away from going were the song needed to go. If they need a hard bridge that leads into a soft melodic chorus, it not only happens, but also was perfect for that particular part. If your listening along I am sure you have already heard what I mean. This is a hard thing to pull off, and the Monuments do it very well, this is something I wish you could hear more in music. I also cannot praise the bass enough, every metal band needs one, but its never heard above the din, but here is a completely different story. I found giving each instrument its own time in the spotlight as well as experiment in styles and types of playing really made this album full of different and intriguing layers to unwrap. Even if you’re not a metal fan, you can find tons of instrumental, vocal, aspects to appreciate and respect here, I know I did.
Now if you want to know what these guys sound like in comparison I have a very varied amount of responses. The first thing that comes to mind is the Colorado band Five Finger Death Punch. The metal sound has some similarities and the screaming vocals definitely have a few likenesses, but don’t go assuming they are twins; there are quite a few worlds between Five Finger and the Monuments. I would also have to say the American alternative band Ra is another band you could compare with here. The more melodic sections really have a unique emotional feel just like Ra. The vocals and guitar especially contribute to this comparison. I could go on and on here, but if you listening along or going to listen to Gnosis, I am sure you have your own connections, but hopefully a few of my connections spark your interest.
So in closing Gnosis by the Monuments was definitely an experience for me as a music lover. Its hard for me to accept new bands, I am highly critical and not won over easily. My favorite band The Red Hot Chili Peppers was a band I hated at first for a long time, to give you some insight to what I mean. I have to say I am on my third listen to Gnosis and I am digging it. I have a healthy appreciation of metal, but it’s by no means anywhere near my favorite type of music. I have already shared the Monuments with people, which is rare for me as well. I think a new band with this kind of talent deserves some time and trust me the Monuments deserve your time. Give them a listen, like or hate them, but you have to at least respect them.
I rate the Monuments Gnosis 4 out of 5 Head Bangs.
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Christopher M.L. WhiteMORE MOUNTAIN WEEKLY NEWS HIGHLIGHTS: