Canada's Monsterworks returns with a new album that continues the mixture of progressive, thrash, power and death metal of previous recordings and this is a review of their 2015 album "The Existential Codex" which will be released on February 27th by Eat, Lead & Die Music.
A very heavy prog metal sound starts off the album along with some high pitched screams and all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and you can also hear a trace of 70's rock in the bands musical style along with some clean singing being utilized at times and a good portion of the tracks are long and epic in length.
When solos are utilized they bring in a very old school heavy metal/hard rock sound to the bands musical style and as the album progresses element s of groove metal can be heard at times along with some death metal growls being added into certain sections of the recording and there are also a few tracks that also bring in a small amount of acoustic guitars along with a small amount of violins.
Some of the tracks bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a small amount of blast beats and while some of the songs bring in a great amount of classic rock elements the album still sound s very modern and some of t he high vocals bring a King Diamond influence to the recording and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts being utilized on one of the tracks.
Monsterworks creates another recording that has the heaviness of thrash and death metal along with the melody of power metal which they also mix in with progressive and classic rock on this recording to create something very original sounding, the production sound s very professional while the lyric s cove r philosophical and existentialism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Monsterworks and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ripple Effect" and "Tapping The Void". 8 out of 10.