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Review: Monsterworks - Black Swan Annihilation
Black Swan Annihilation

Label: Independent
Year released: 2016
Duration: 38:12
Tracks: 7
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: September 8, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Black Swan Annihilation

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

It seems like I always have a Monsterworks album in the review queue which isn't that surprising when you realize 2016's Black Swan Annihilation is the band's 13th full-length album in the last 16 years. That's a one-man Black Metal band level of productivity. As always, the music is what counts and Black Swan Annihilation is easily the best of the five albums (plus an EP) I have reviewed. Monsterworks has always defied easy categorization as they mix Black, Death and Progressive Metal with Hard and Prog Rock freely. That often results in unfocused work that meanders aimlessly. With Black Swan Annihilation Monsterworks has tightened up the songwriting while still employing thrashy riffs, Black/Death vocals, haunting, moody instrumental work and grand lyrical themes and what they've come up with is something in the vein of Voivod's Nothingface. Black Swan Annihilation doesn't really sound like that classic album nor is it on the same level but the transitions between harsh singing/pounding drums and clean singing/pensive melodies clearly evoke the quartet from Quebec. Black Swan Annihilation isn't going to be for everyone but if Heavy Metal that is a little left of center appeals to you, Monsterworks deserves a listen.

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