Monsterworks are a band from New Zealand that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style that combines thrash, power and death metal together and this is a review of their 2013 album "Earth".
"From Dust And Gravity" starts off with sound effects then the drums and melodic guitar riffs kick in with the music getting heavier along with some high pitched power metal vocals which also mix in some deep death metal growls before going into a melodic guitar solo and back to the rhythm's for a few seconds as the song moves on some clean classical guitar playing makes it's way into the song as well as the return of the guitar leads which leads to the music getting heavy again and closing with the softer parts.
"Late Heavy Bombardment" starts off with some heavy alternative metal riffs along with some drums and the vocals combine power, thrash and death metal together before going into a psychedelic sounding guitar solo while retaining the vocals and rhythms, as the song moves on acoustic guitars make their way into the music with the heavy parts being on top of it which sets up the pace for thrash style guitar riffing and death metal growls.
"The Last Universal Ancestor" starts off with some soft acoustic guitar playing which uses both finger picking and full chords before going into heavy guitars, drums and death metal guitars which lead to the power metal vocals combing with the growls along with melodic riffing and semi blast beats and as the song moves on hard rock style guitar leads and regular clean singing make their way into the song before going back in a heavier direction which after awhile mix in the solo parts along with some powerful bass playing before the closing part.
"Oxygenation" starts off with some clean blues rock style guitar playing, drums and clean singing which leads to the music getting heavier along with some death/thrash metal growls and power metl vocals before returning to a clean direction with the bass guitars in the background which keeps the heavy parts and goes into a guitar solo along with distorted effects for a few seconds while also mixing in the rhythm parts.
"Powered By Fate" starts off with heavy guitar riffing, drums , deep death metal growls that combine power/thrash screams and after awhile the bass playing gets heavier and melodies make t heir way into the riffing as well as regular power metal vocals start combing with the growls which sets up the pace for a guitar solos and towards the end the song goes in a cleaner direction and mixes in classical guitars.
"Bookended By Extinction" starts off with some soft effects, before the blast beats, faster guitar riffs and death metal growls kick in which also mix in power metal parts before slowing down and going in a softer direction and back to being fast again after that the song slows down but stays heavy.
"Aeon Of Man" starts off with sound effects before the drums, bass, acoustic guitars and clean singing kicks in and then the music gets heavier with power metal vocals and growls making their way in along with some dark guitar riffing which sets up the pace for a 70's style metal guitar solo which in returns brings back the softer elements while retaining the heavy parts.
"Earth" starts off with some soft acoustic guitar playing which utilized both finger picking and full chords which also sets up the pace for the bass guitar and drums before getting h eavier and mixing in a guitar solo and clean singing as well as switching back and forth between heavy and soft parts as the song moves in some psychedelic sounding synths and sound effects make their way into the music which in returns takes the music into a more progressive rock direction and after awhile the song gets heavy again before closing with the softer elements.
Song lyrics cover a concept on the evolution of the planet and environmental issues, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording with the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Monsterworks and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "From Dust And Gravity" Bookended By Extinction" and "Earth'. RECOMMENDED BUY.