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Hair Of The Dog

   

 

   
       
       
             
             
Monument are a heavy metal band from the UK who who have injected new life into the NWOBHM genre with their brand of old school British heavy metal. Since their formation a number of singles have been released along with and E.P. in 2012 and their first full length album in 2014. The second album, 'Hair Of The Dog' was released in 2016.    
             
The new album gets off to a flyer and is quickly into its bombastic stride with the title song 'Hair Of The Dog'. Quick paced with the trademark duelling guitars and galloping rhythm, 'Hair Of The Dog' is classic NWOBHM. With big chunky guitar riffs 'Blood Red Sky' comes crashing in with a rumbling bass line and thunderous drums making it a foot tapping gem of a song. 'Streets Of Rage' introduces a more melodic feel, a hard hitting hard rocking song that is full of pace and catchy rhythms. The comparisons with legendary British icons Iron Maiden are plain for all to see...a twin guitar attack, galloping rhythms and a cartoon style mascot that adorns the covers of their album and single releases. At over six minutes in length 'Imhotep (The High Priest)' is an anthemic epic of story telling proportions. Come gather round everyone, Monument have a story to tell...and in superb style they do it too. Foot tapping rhythms, a mid tempo plod and a heavier vibe give 'Imhotep (The High Priest)' its epicness. Hard hitting and packing a huge punch, 'Crobar' lurches forward with chopping guitars and the familiar buzz, synonymous with the NWOBHM sound.    
             
'Emily' is a swaggering, blues tinged heavy rock song that casually strolls by as though it has not a care in the world. A musical style not heard since their 2012 E.P. 'Emily' is a breather from the bluff and bluster that is packed around it. Pace thankfully returns in bombastic style with the instrumental 'Olympus', giving the band an opportunity to showcase their range of musical talent. Catchy and infectious with some memorable guitar hooks, 'Olympus' is a solid song. The first single released off the album 'A Bridge Too Far' reignites the blistering pace from earlier with the classic twin guitar lead in full swing and a galloping backline as support. 'A Bridge Too Far' echoes the heady days of the eighties, when the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon were setting the world alight with the pace and power of their music. The ballad-esque 'Heart Of Stone' seems out of place on such a blisteringly heavy metal album. After an opening that struggles to capture the imagination, it does improve when it takes on the identity of a power ballad. Closing the album is the epic six minute plus 'Lionheart', full of atmosphere and an anthemic style chorus that will be chanted passionately by the crowd in a live arena. Second albums are sometimes let downs if the first album is a corker, but in the shape of 'Hair Of The Dog' (album), Monument have grown and continue to impress.    
             
Overall, 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.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
Reviewed For Metal Gods TV    
             
             
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