Iron MON­KEY

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

THE UN­LIKELY, BUT very wel­come, RE­TURN of BRI­TAIN’S most MISANTHROPIC CULT BAND

1 crown of ELECTRODES

No­body was ex­pect­ing an Iron Mon­key re­union, not least be­cause tal­is­manic front­man Johnny Mor­row trag­i­cally died of a heart at­tack in 2002.And yet, here they stand, one of the most leg­en­dar­ily nasty, anti-so­cial bands in Brit metal his­tory – well, two of them, plus a new drum­mer.and as this opener retches into ex­is­tence, it’s clear that Mon­key 2017 are not piss­ing about at all.

2 OMEGAMANGLER

Now there’s a lurch­ing riff that re­calls the Mon­key of yore, cir­cling through this filthy tune that picks up where they left off in ’99.

3 9-13Mon­key’s ni­hilis­tic sludgecore racket be­came one of the most revered ex­am­ples of ’90s noise, beloved of Pan­tera’s Phil Anselmo and Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, de­spite sound­ing like it was made by gen­uinely de­praved in­di­vid­u­als.and this ti­tle-track still ticks all those deeply un­pleas­ant boxes.

4 TOADCRUCIFIER – R.I.P.PER

The pace picks up here for a barn­stormer that re­minds us that Iron Mon­key were born from hard­core punk just as much as they were metal.

5 DESTROYERYou don’t need vo­cal­ist/gui­tarist Jim Rushby bel­low­ing this tune’s ti­tle to re­alise that it lives up to its name with filthy aplomb. It’s like a prison riot.

6 MORTARHEX

We’re still rat­tling along at hard­core ve­loc­ity here – good job drum­mer Brigga is used to play­ing in Bris­tol cider-punks Chaos UK.

7 THE rope

A squeal of feed­back her­alds a re­turn to nasty, pun­ish­ingly slow ag­grodoom. Jim ap­pears to have given up on lyrics in favour of word­less ex­pres­sions of pure, hate­ful vit­riol.

8 DOOMSDAY IM­PULSE MULTIPLIER

Lots of bands bang on about the apoc­a­lypse, but none of them make it sound quite as much like a fight in a pub car park as th­ese de­gen­er­ates.

9 MORELAND ST. Ham­mer­vor­tex

As this 10-minute doom crawl brings 9-13 to a pro­tracted close, have th­ese three done enough to jus­tify re­leas­ing an al­bum as Iron Mon­key rather than un­der a new name? The an­swer is a wal­lop­ing yes.wel­come back, you hor­ri­ble, noisy bas­tards.

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