|Review: Monstrosity - Spiritual Apocalypse|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: October 21, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 3.58/5 (71.67%) (12 Votes)
I have always enjoyed Monstrosity's first couple of albums, but found the material they've released subsequent to them lacked the same edge and visceral bite that they had in the old George Fisher era. Unfortunately, it turns out that their latest album has done little to change that opinion. Though far from a bad album, 'Spiritual Apocalypse' just doesn't dig deep enough into my grey matter to warrant multiple replays.
To be fair, there are quite a few decent riffs to be found, but the actual songs just seem to have this intangible drag factor (never a good sign when the song lengths range between 4-6 minutes really). The production is great, and the drumming and vocal performances are faultless, but I just struggle to get excited about the thought of putting this album on for another spin - to me it's just a large portion of recycled Suffocation and Morbid Angel riffs tacked together without any kind of x-factor needed to ignite a fire under my ass. It's the aural equivalent of watching a Rocky movie with all the fight scenes cut out.
So a fair album all in all, but not one that's going to have you fighting your way to the checkout counters in order to buy. A severe case of 'been done countless times before, and done miles better'.
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