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MonstrO
MonstrO
Vagrant Records
www.monstroband.com


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 quality.

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.

-George Dow

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