Chicago's Mortal Music is pleased to announce the second in its DR (digital release) series, "Man: Instincts" from expansionist UK metallers MONSTERWORKS on July 10. As was done with Mortal Music's first DR release, ION VEIN's IV v1.0 , the MONSTERWORKS DR will also be available as a free download for a limited time.
01. The Creation Dream
02. All Suns Die
"Their music is equally deep and poignant - taking traditional influences like Priest and Maiden and supercharging them to create intense songs. Elsewhere they show a more sensitive, almost trippy side that contrasts amazingly well with those Strapping Young Lad type blast beats... wonderful discovery." - Battle Helm
"Mixed all together we have a unique entity called Monsterworks that can bring the hammer down or create huge epic heaviness." - Wormwood Chronicles
"A mix of metal genres that gives a little bit of something for everyone. Monsterworks makes it enjoyable on a lot of different levels." - WeLoveMetal.com
"When these guys are really at the top of their game they are amazing and carve out a sound that feels unique."- Cosmos Gaming
In the course of its existence MONSTERWORKS has been responsible for albums as farfetched as a metal space adventure concept album in two parts ("Spacial Operations" - 2007 and "Singularity" - 2009), but more recently has explored philosophical territory ("The God Album" - 2011) and an approach to recording that mostly relies on "old-school" technology, i.e. 24 track, 2-inch tape, like the classic albums the band grew up with. It was time to take a step back and rediscover the grit that made metal great, rather than the over-polished mechanical production that is often evident in modern releases.
Stylistically the band has always been difficult to pin down, at one moment death metal, in another stoner rock, then back to thrash; but the challenge to the listener is intentional and somehow in the end it works (in the context of heavy metal, which is the only essential influence). What is important is that the music does not switch between styles for the sake of it, nor to show off; it is just what feels right in the moment.
MONSTERWORKS has, possibly to its own detriment, never followed trends or towed the line; preferring to forge its own path in the continually evolving world of heavy metal. In this respect it has always stayed true to its mission statement:
IMAGE IS NOTHING; METAL IS EVERYTHING.
Hugo - Bass
James - Drums
Jon - Guitar / Vocals
Marcus - Lead Guitar