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Renegades

     
         
         
         
             
             
Monument are a heavy metal band from the UK intent on bringing back the true sound of British heavy metal and with the release of their debut album 'Renegades' they have done just that.    
             
Opening the album is the barnstorming, fast paced title song 'Renegades' with awesome guitar riffing and thunderous drums. This is a superb opening song that is followed by the Iron Maiden influenced romp 'Fatal Attack', the foot stomping anthemic 'Crusaders' and their first single release, the galloping 'Runaway'.    
             
The hard rocking 'Midnight Queen' packs a punch with its chunky guitar riffs and foot stomping rhythms. The instrumental 'Red Dragon' is superbly arranged and rattles along at pace displaying the excellent musicianship of the band before the power metal romp of 'Carry On' comes crashing in at full tilt and races through to its conclusion.    
             
'Rock The Night' flies out of the blocks combining the twin guitar attack with powerful vocals and a bombastic bass and drum rhythm that sends you right back to the early eighties and the NWOBHM scene. The pace slows with the ballad-like 'Save Me', all acoustic guitars and soulful vocals. This departure from the full on fast paced songs is a brave statement from Monument and one that will prove they are flexible, adaptable and not afraid to experiment. So, get your lighters ready!    
             
Closing the album is the superb, seven minute, epic romp 'Omega'. With a guitar intro that pays homage to legendary British stalwarts Iron Maiden, 'Omega' meanders through rhythms, melodies, time changes and a catchy chorus to produce an aural delight.    
             
Overall, fast paced, bombastic and barnstorming. This is a superb release and one that will cement Monument's place at the forefront of the revival of the NWOBHM sound.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
Reviewed For MGR Music Entertainment    
             
Review is also featured at All Heavy Metal    
             
             
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