Released: 2002, Eat Lead and Die Music
Originally spawned in New Zealand, and currently attempting to move to a base of operations in London, Monsterworks is an extremely interesting band. The album at hand is a compilation of tracks from the bands previous output (2 albums and an EP), put out to help generate interest in the band, and generate interest it should!
Monsterworks is a bizarre amalgamation of different metal styles, with the dominant force being thrash metal. Opening song “Personal Demons” certainly fits that bill, with harsh, screamed vocals (that are awesome by the by!) and furiously churning guitars and drums. It’s a song that would fit right at home on any thrash record from the 80s.
As the album goes on, more influences make themselves apparent, from the death metal breakdowns on “Nothing” to the airy melodicism of “Chunuk Bair”, it is obvious that this is not a band content to rewrite the same song over and over again. Though not all of the tracks presented here work to perfection (“Small Gods” and “(!?) are kinda lacking), the band at least has the balls to try different styles. Creativity like this should be mandatory in all metal bands.
The sad part of this story is that the band is currently on ice, pending enough label interest to make a permanent move to London worthwhile. Enough label interest? WHAT? This band should have labels knocking, nay, pounding on their door daily. What the hell is wrong with you labels out there? Sign this band!