2005, Independent Release
There’s plenty to like on this album from Monsterworks, as “M-Theory” brings to the table a sound which is a glorious smash-up of metal vibes from across the spectrum… and a sense of humor to boot. The band, formerly of New Zealand, is now located in England and is poised to kick ass all over the world.
Essentially face-ripping thrash metal with a melodic difference, there’s plenty of blistering guitar bombast, skull battering drums, and distinctive vocals to sink your teeth into. Jon’s vocals may not be for everyone, but I like his voice and I think it fits in quite well with the vibe of the music. After the brief intro, “Rogue” kicks in and my head is bopping right off. And hey, there’s a sample from the original British bulldog, Sir Winston Churchill himself! I dig the cadence on the verse and chorus, and it’s a catchy as hell song. As the next song “Insolence” rolls out, Jon’s vocal range is on display as he mixes it up with a few deathly growls. Great guitar work by both Jon and Ian; Ian’s lead guitar lines weave through the music, creating some interesting moments. “Supermetal” is next and there’s all kinds of killer riffing going on there, an early favorite of mine when I first heard this album. I really like the composition on this whole album, the music is rarely predicable and quite varied. “Redemption” and “Timebomb” nail that point home succinctly. “Barricade” rages at full speed to mid-song solo, takes a quick breakdown of sorts, then picks back up speed before finishing on a mellow note. “Venom of God” is another favorite of mine, malignantly pulsing along and sucking hapless victims into it’s flesh dissolving maw. By the time “Shatterer of Worlds” rolls around, I know the future is bright for this band; they’re vibrating at just the right metal frequency. “For Glory” is an instrumental (the only vocal coming from another Churchill snippet) which sounds huge courtesy of the orchestral arrangements by J. Muxlow of The Living Fields (and of course my fearless editor! (Check's in the mail, dude!~ Muxlow))
Quite the impressive album, all factors being considered. “M-Theory” is something that deserves the kind of exposure other bands with a lot less talent are afforded, and Monsterworks are a band well worth paying attention to. Metal for people who like metal! And that’s the kind of metal for me. Good job all around, lads.