Saturday 14 January 2012


BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH are a 3 Piece Stoner/Sludge/Thrash Metal Band from Los Angeles.

The members are:

Matt Price - guitar
Kevin McDade - bass, vocals
Chase Manhattan - drums 

Most of you should all know how Behold! The Monolith are. They are one of the very best Stoner/Thrash/Metal combo’s who made a big impression with Sludge Metal fans and critics with brilliant 2009 S/T debut album.

The album was a perfect blend of Stoner Metal/Sludge Metal riffs with ferocity of Thrash Metal thrown in for great measure as well. And the vocals weren’t bad either.

It was one of my fave records from 2009 which I discovered from the legendary Sludge Swamp. After that I bought the album on CD and a copy of their great debut EP.

I have to thank Matt for sending me a copy of this great album. This is a great honour for me reviewing this as I am a huge fan of this great band.

Well the guys are back with their brilliant new album and best work to date. Defender, Redeemist. An 8 song 58 minute ride of superb Sludge/Stoner/Thrash Metal riffs.

There are a lot of bands who combine Sludge, Stoner and Thrash Metal to great effect. But Behold! The Monolith blast the competition apart with this great release. Hopefully this release should elevate these guys to the top of their respective scene.

The album is full of superb riffs from start to finish that mix Sludge, Stoner and Thrash metal superbly. These guys are experts at doing this.

Doommantia did a great song by song review the other week and I agree with every word they say. My thoughts are all of the songs show are brilliant even though if one of the songs “Witch Hunt Supreme” is their debut EP. But who cares. You still have 50 mins of brilliant new material.

Every song feels in the correct order. They all flow together brilliantly. The guys know how to write a brilliant epic lengthy track. Two of the tracks – Redeemist and Cast On The Black - Lamentor - Guided By The Southern Cross are both on for 11 mins and 13 mins each.

The 13 minute track "Cast On The Black - Lamentor - Guided By The Southern Cross" is a work of genius and one of the best tracks I have heard in a long, long time. 

A track that blend the genres superbly together. The time just flies by. You can really appreciate all the hard work the guys have put into this astonishing album. Especially on these two tracks which are the best tracks on the album which showcases the bands talent to true effect.

The album is superbly produced from start to finish. Every note is played loud, heavy and clear. The guys know how to play off each other. The vocals are another highlight of this album. They have the right blend of Hardcore Anger and Stoner laid back vibes when the time calls for it.

Defender, Redeemist is their most defining work to date. Behold! The Monolith have come on leaps and bounds from their superb debut album. The riffs are heavier, louder and angrier than ever. This will hopefully blast the band into the big league’s as they deserve it with this brilliant outstanding album.

Behold! The Monolith are one of Sludge Metal’s best kept secrets but its now time for that secret to be shared with the world.

The guys should rightly be proud of this amazing new album. It’s simply that sensational. The first masterpiece of 2012 has truly arrived. This will definitely be on my best of 2012 list that is for sure.

Defender, Redeemist is out on Jan 24th 2012 and I recommend you all to buy a copy. You won’t be sorry.

Absolutely fucking epic and an amazing album to listen to time and time again.

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