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Review: Monstrosity - Rise To Power
Rise To Power

Label: Conquest Music
Year released: 2003
Duration: 47:57
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: May 29, 2004
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Rise To Power


I had forgotten just how damn good this album was until someone on the forums asked to see a review. So me being the really swell guy I am I decided to oblige. To be completely honest not reviewing this album earlier was a gross lack of judgment on my part…I blame all that damn power/traditional metal I listen to. Hailing from Florida, USA the band has been around for quite some time in different incarnations. This is their fifth album and if I am not mistaken their fifth different lineup.

With all these changes you would think there is a real lack of cohesiveness to this band but if there is it certainly doesn't show in their musicianship or songwriting. This band plays a brand of old school death metal but at such a high level you cant understand why they are not at the top of the death metal heap. The main problem I have always had with death metal is not the music but simply the lack of variety. Monstrosity certainly doesn't have that problem. This band defines variety in the death metal genre with tons of tempo changes and absolutely killer guitar work. This is some of the best guitar playing I have heard on a death metal album this side of Chuck Shuldiner and trust me that is saying a lot. Even with all the excellent musicianship by far the stand out feature of this album is simply the overall songwriting. You never find yourself thinking you have heard the same song twice and believe it or not the songs actually become very memorable from the very first listen.

Overall Monstrosity has created exactly what a death metal album should sound like. If you have any interest in this genre at all you should really do yourself a favor and pick this one up. Highly Recommended

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