Monstrosity - Rise To Power

11 songs
47:57 minutes
***** ****
Metal Blade


Monstrosity are a band every death metal maniac has to know. I have to admit that I am not familiar with any of their old releases, apart from some compilation appearances probably, and could only offer the trivia fact that present Cannibal Corpse frontman Corpsegrinder Fisher was a founding member of the Floridian Monstrosity. But as it would be just as unfair to call Flotsam And Jetsam the band founded by (now ex) bassist from Metallica, Monstrosity have an identity very much on their own, and they absolutely don't need to hide behind their competition.

Rise To Power, their fifth album only in almost fifteen years of existence, accomplished something very rare these days: it melds old school death metal sounds with a very contemporary (though not modern) atmosphere. In fact from the very first song on you feel like projected to the late Eighties or early Nineties, were it not for the more powerful production that reveals the more recent apparition of this album. Combining classical Florida death metal with a hint of Eighties thrash, Rise To Power comes as a very convincing package. Where many initiators of the genre have become more and more technical (just think of Cannibal Corpse or Morbid Angel), Monstrosity still cling to the basic ingredients of death metal. Alternating between fast and mid-tempo, with good growling vocals and some of the best guitar work make this album - in my opinion - even accessible for people who normally wouldn't listen to this style of music. They never pretend to reinvent the genre, but the songs are so full of ideas that repeated listening will increase your pleasure.

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