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.
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.
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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