Monday, 24 February 2014

Monumentomb: "Ritual Exhumation" EP Review


Can I just leave it at that?

Unfortunately not.

I got an invite to like Monumentomb on Facebook a while back.
And being as they're Metal it's rude not to, isn't it?

The Facebook page reads

Forged from fire, death and alcohol in May 2013. Hailing from Maidstone in Kent.”

“Being huge fans of Old-School British and Scandinavian Death Metal such as Grave, Dismember, early Entombed, Carnage, Unleashed, Bolt Thrower and Carcass. This defines the modern take with an Old-School formula.”

What's not to like?

So the wait began to hear them...

Finally it was announced that their EP “Ritual Exhumation” was available to download on Bandcamp for £3.00 which is a bloody bargain for what you are about to hear!

Consisting of Byron Braidwood (B. Iron) - Lead guitars/Vocals, Alex Brown - Lead guitars and Lee Charlton - Drums “Ritual Exhumation” is one of the best first releases I've heard in a very long time.

A bell ringing chanting intro that we all love on classic Death Metal records leads into the title track with pure ferocity and a statement which clearly says, “We're here. Listen to us.”

The EP continues in this vein with “In The Crypt Devoured” and “Perennial Interment” with no let up whatsoever in the quality of the songs with only a slight break in “Perpetual Execution Torment” where you are treated some backing vocals making it possibly my favourite track on the album.

But then the bombastic intro of the final track “Citadel Of The Living Dead” hits you taking the EP to the final level of execution.

Monumentomb is a huge name and they certainly have a huge sound.

All I need now is to see them do this live and I'll be a very happy man.

Is that allowed in Death Metal? You bet it is!

Additional Info:
The drums were recorded at Emeline Studios in Whitstable, and the rest was recorded at 'The Mix Cave' in Gillingham.
All recorded and engineered by Graham Waller and produced by Graham and Byron. Byron Played bass on the recording due to having no permanent member at the time.
They have recently recruited someone who will be formally announced soon after their first promo photo shoot and he will be playing live with them.

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