AUGUST 22nd 2014

Review by Metal Mom

Genre - Progressive Metal / Experimental Groove
Hometown London - UK
Record Label - Century Media Records
Release Date - July 8 USA

Chris Barretto - Vocals & Saxophone
John Browne - Guitar
Olly Steele - Guitar
Adam Swan - Bass
Mike Malyan - Drums & Samples

Monuments was formed in 2009, and have 2 albums out now, with The Amanunensis being the 2nd album. I am not comparing, how can you, there are two different vocalist.

I was a little hesitant when I first started to listen to the album, it started off with the similar sounds of other metal, progressive bands, which I don’t seem to enjoy as much anymore as there is just too much of it, but didn’t take long before it all shifted, for the better, and it caught my attention.

Monuments has a vocalist now that seems to have taken the band to the next level. As you know, he has been with the band for awhile, but this album is a first that he has put his vocals too. Are they good? Definitely, a mixture of brutal guttural to toned down with such dexterity, giving it an out of the box sound.  

Guitar riffs have melody and crunch and are continually changing, drum blasts lay down the foundation, and there are some amazingly strong bass lines to be heard.

Needless to say, for me, I am impressed, especially since I thought it was going to be like every other album of this genre that I review. It is fantastic that they put some thought and effort into the album to capture the attention of listeners, giving them a real twist. I can see them moving forward and doing very well for themselves.

Track Listing:
 1. I, The Creator
 2. Origin of Escape
 3. Atlas
 4. Horcrux
 5. Garden of Sankhara
 6. The Alchemist
 7. Quasimodo
 8. Saga City
 9. Jinn
10. I, The Destroyer
11. Samsara