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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    
             
             
Other reviews:    
             

           
           
Rock The Night E.P.      
           
"traditional British heavy metal at its thunderous best. Monument have brought the NWOBHM sound back, and added more to make it sound even better" Read Review      
     
     
     
           
             
             

           
           
Runaway (single)      
           
"a spectacular release from Monument that will excite heavy metal fans around the world leaving them hungry for the new album" Read Review      
     
     
     
           
             
             

           
           
Crusaders (single)      
           
"a superb stomp from Monument, whetting the appetite of every heavy metal fan in anticipation of their debut album" Read Review      
     
     
     
           
             
             

           
           
A Bridge Too Far (single)      
           
"a superb galloping song, with a twin guitar lead echoing the eighties NWOBHM sound" Read Review      
     
     
     
           
             
             

           
           
Hair Of The Dog      
           
"galloping rhythms, twin guitars and a clean and clear vocal delivery, this is what traditional British heavy metal should sound like. Long live the NWOBHM" Read Review      
     
     
     
           
             
             
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