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Review: Monolith - Against the Wall of Forever
Against the Wall of Forever

Label: Independent
Year released: 2015
Duration: 31:32
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: May 13, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Against the Wall of Forever

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

In my experience, when a band pulls in multiple influences in very obvious ways the resulting music can end up a disastrous morass. No so for Monolith and their debut album Against the Wall of Forever. This recently formed band (2013) plays a doomy yet exciting, stoner yet energetic, furious yet melodic style of Heavy Metal that manages to sound old school without sounding "old." The vocals are reminiscent of Danzig with a low, powerful baritone that also stretches into the higher registers, the drums feature some distinctive beats a la Clive Burr-era Maiden and the guitars are a mix of faster Orange Goblin and old school stuff like Rainbow and UFO with early Bay Area Thrash solos. See what I mean by multiple influences? What brings it all together is some tight and tidy songwriting that features great vocal lines. Tracks like "The Emperor (The Suffering of Fulls)," Elusive Prey" and album highlight "Caravan" are the stuff you can just bang your head to with little thought of how your neck will feel in the morning. It isn't all great and "The Prophet" is dull and "Kindly Dr. Jest (The Interrogator)" which tells a Marathon Man-type of story is slow and breaks the flow of the album. Other than those couple of missteps I rather enjoyed Against the Wall of Forever and if you are looking for something a little different from the hordes of Death, Black and revivalist Thrash bands dotting the landscape, you might too.

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