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These Monsters – Heroic Dose

Laura Lloyd


These Monsters have never been a band to release an album with any sing-along opportunities hidden inside them. Their last album ‘Call Me Dragon’ was stitched together by seven lengthy instrumental pieces, the sound of which was achieved by using vintage instruments to add to the grunge-rock texture of their music.

However, ‘Heroic Dose’ concludes that the band clearly do not want a repeat performance, with the most lengthy song on the new album coming in at just under four minutes long. As well as that there has also been the addition of singing – to some extent.

The album opens with an explosive gloomy crescendo which continues its heavy medley of guitars and drum beats into the first song Very Strong, Very Clever which incorporates heavy beats, bass lines and, with some primal style singing, it really drives the punk rock edge of the Leeds based band home. Recently released single When the Going Gets Weird fuses some tongue-in-cheek humor with punk rock sounds, the unmelodious guitar provides a twisted sound but it is the chorus which takes the crown for being the most memorable.

However, One of Those Creeps provides a more refined and structured rock unlike the rest of the album. The track sounds like it has stepped out of the 80’s and into the modern mainstream rock scene of today, bringing its hatred for government control and ‘I do what I want’ attitude along with it.

One criticism of Heroic Dose could be derived from the fact that the album is very two dimensional, nothing really stands out and, although each track provides an explosion of in-your-face punk rock, it is nothing that the rock scene hasn’t seen or heard before. There is no break in the album from the ear-splitting assault that the band pulls off brilliantly.

These Monsters have clearly been brought out of their experimentation with instruments phase and have been directed to the more primitive side of rock and the urge to just do whatever they feel has stuck itself to them. Although the album is a brilliant display of old school rock mixed with a more modern backdrop, you can’t help but compare them to the same sounding independent rock bands that the UK seems to be tossing out at the moment.