Based in NorCal’s Bay Area, hard rock/alt-metal outfit Modern Monsters released their self-titled EP just a few days ago.
Modern Monsters shares, “Our music comes from our angst about social issues surrounding us in our society. This EP is an expression of our frustrations and our want to move forward in a world that works together to solve our issues instead of becoming constantly divided. We wanted to write something to make people realize we are all in this together and can overcome our negative mindsets. We created heavy music mixed with experimental, melodic textures to guide the listeners through their personal revolution.”
Comprised of Rich Wells (guitar), Brody Bass (bass), Keenan Tuohy (drums), Josh Weaver (vocals), and Wyatt Lennon (guitar), Modern Monsters formed subsequent to Brody, Rich, and Keenan moving on from another project to go in a heavier direction. Through the simple process of trial and error, they finally found guitarist Wyatt Lennon.
Rather than having one primary songwriter, Modern Monsters writes as a group, prodding each other to excellence of expression. Even though the band works hard in the studio, their live performances reveal their dynamic presentation, exhorting the audience to take part in the music.
Encompassing three tracks, the EP begins with “Furrow,” opening on snarling guitars atop an electrifying, potent rhythm. Josh’s rasping, powerful voice imbues the lyrics with grimacing timbres as heavy, growling guitars pump out thick waves of sound. An incandescent guitar expands the harmonics with dazzling licks.
“Lament,” vaguely reminiscent of Rob Zombie, especially on the intro, features Jovian surges of hard rock with hints of alt-metal as chunking guitars fill the tune with dark, hefty energy. A searing breakdown leads into a fierce, raw guitar solo. Without a doubt, this track kicks ass.
“Stay Free” rolls out on lysergic colors accompanied by a growling guitar and then segues into a tight, muscular rhythm. Scorching vocals from Josh imbue the lyrics with gravelly textures.
Modern Monsters have it going on! Crushing layers of guitars, massive rhythmic pulses, and defiant, aggressive vocals hit with a sonic wallop.