Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monks of Mellonwah - Neurogenesis

It has been a while since I've reviewed a band from across the Tasman but then this EP from Monks of Mellonwah showed up in the inbox. With my x-ray eyes I possess the ability to see the puzzled look on your face and see you're thinking Mellonwah? Yeah, I've no idea what that is either. Monks of Mellonwah are Sydneysiders so maybe it is food from one of their swankier breakfast restaurants and totally out of my price range.

Hey, that sounds like Canadian political folkster Bruce Cockburn was my recalling thought as "Neurogenesis" opened the EP but then the band veer closer to the heavier side of Tool but as they favour the progressive side of rock, the Monks of Mellonwah don't completely leave their quieter side but the chanting is definitely not of the silent contemplative nature. "Neverending Spirit" is more of a ballad although the guitars shimmer through the underbelly and the beer-bloated overbelly. The strength of the rhythm section bounce through the sweaty audience inducing "Kyoto" aided along with a wall of guitar sound reminiscent of mid-80's U2 or closer to their own home around but from the same time period, v.Spy v.Spy. "You Shine" is a slow building ballad that is reminiscent of those many 80's metal bands found obligatory.

Fans of Muse and Tool will take to this radio-friendly rock EP. It'll be interesting to see what the Monks of Mellonwah produce when it comes to putting out an LP length release.



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