With the likes of Murder By Death and The Hold Steady,
Vagrant Records is quickly building its legacy as a go-to label for
great music - nearing legendary status alongside Dischord and Sub
Pop. Vagrant now adds MonstrO to their stable of consistent
MonstrO's style is heavy-pounding tribal drumming, throbbing bass
lines and chunky guitar riffs, while the vocals maintain an Eighties
gothic vibe. Think Badmotorfinger-era Soundgarden with
Ian McCulloch of Echo And The Bunnymen on vocals. The
disparate influences combine in an interesting balance. The pummel
of the music softened by the emotion-laden vocals - the gloom of the
gothic vocal buoyed by the metal edge of the band.
With each listen "Anchor's Up!" stands out consistently.
The sea as irresistible muse sets the backdrop for a classic sailing
tale that could just as easily represent setting off on tour, after
a lost love, or on any other life-altering endeavor. The theme of
journeying continues soon after with "Stallone", roughly
hewn in the tradition of Rocky, fighting to overcome adversity
and crawling back from the brink of defeat.
MonstrO, as an album represents catharsis. Their record is
a journey back from the abyss with the spirits of redemption pushing
from the rear all the while.
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