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Review: Monument - Rock the Night!
Rock the Night!

Label: Independent
Year released: 2012
Duration: 23:04
Tracks: 5
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 6, 2013
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Rock the Night!

Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

Those of us old-timers remember when Iron Maiden released their first three albums in the early 80s, and pioneered the NWOBHM sound. Iron Maiden's albums contained some of the best Heavy Metal one could hear back in those days, besides some of Judas Priest's albums, of course.

The British Heavy Metal band Monument, featuring ex-members of White Wizzard, Biomechanical and The More I Seen, brings back the feel of those early times when Iron Maiden was such an extraordinary band for many of us. Monument tap the main vein of the NWOBHM with dual guitar attacks, great choruses, astonishing melodies, an endless stream of energy and stuff like that, reminding us what it was supposed to be all about.

"Fatal Attack" relies on overly familiar "Prowler" kicks, but who really cares if Monument sounds a Maiden clone more often than not? The thing is, nobody does stuff like old Maiden anymore, so let's welcome this 5-piece with open arms. Ex-White Wizzard vocalist Peter Ellis does remind me of Bruce Dickinson or Paul Di'Anno but his soaring, and a bit nasal, vocal lines will still do well enough for many of us, no doubt.

If you are a Maiden fan of old, I bet you will find a new friend in Monument. Rock the Night won't prevent the whales from becoming extinct but it does offer a great rush like when you first heard albums Killers or 666. So, take it or leave it, the choice is yours really, but let me strongly suggest you take it.

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