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Review: Monsterworks - Overhaul

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 35:36
Tracks: 6
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 19, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

Whether or not you like New Zealand's Monsterworks, you can't say they aren't prolific. A mere five months after releasing the album Universe, in March 2014, the band has put out their 11th full length, entitled Overhaul, in August 2014. This comes on the heels of 2013's Earth and 2012's Man::Instincts, which was an EP but that is a shitload of music nevertheless.

Monsterworks output, since that EP, has been somewhat up and down and Overhaul finds the band back on the upswing after the cluttered and unfocused Universe. The title seems to describe the approach Monsterworks took for Overhaul in that the songwriting is simpler and more straightforward, the various vocal styles are limited to clean singing with occasional Death growls and the performances are stripped down. The style remains the trippy, heavier-but-similar-to-Warrior Soul one they've had over the last few releases. It is still not particularly catchy but definitely more direct and accessible. I can't say any one song sticks in my head though "Resolution," which closes out Overhaul, is notable for being over 12 minutes long and not at all boring.

Personally, I like the Pink Floyd-meets-Acid Rock vibe so prominent in Monsterworks essentially Traditional Metal framework and I found Overhaul enjoyable if not essential. This stuff isn't for everybody but Metal fans with a little Hard Rock running in their veins might find this worth a listen or two.

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