I don’t think the world was ever really ready for The Monsters yet here we are again, 25 years later and the blues trash garage schlock rockers from Switzerland have returned with another slab of tasty raw goodness. I remember the first day I heard The Monsters. I listened to them purely because they were referenced in an interview, I think, with The Mummies, and so I checked them out. This was back in the Myspace days, or maybe it was earlier. I just knew that from the first moment I heard them, I liked it. I was a huge fan of the Estrus Crust series and the garage bands of the ilk so these cats appealed to me immediately. After hearing The Monsters and Voodoo Rhythm main-man, Reverend Beat-Man’s gazillion side projects, I found myself asking just where he finds the time. Well, time is something he obviously has enough of because 25 years on of countless releases throughout the years shows that he is not only prolific but the guy obviously just doesn’t sleep. And thank god for that!
This new 14 track offering from The Monsters is, to put it in the simplest of terms as to not confuse those who have been subjected to shitty descriptions by mainstream magazines and pretentious journalists: Fantastic! I love it! In fact, I would even like to go on record and state that this is probably my favourite Monsters release to date. Yeah, true story. It has all the swagger, riffs, sleaze and class (or lack of) as previous Monsters releases and the sound / production / recording is some of the best and slickest that the band has ever used and sounded. I was impressed. Even when it’s raw, it’s still sounding slicker than the likes of their earlier works. Some may disagree but whatever, this is definitely a winner and deserves to be on your “best of 2011” lists. It’ll be on mine!
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