Monolith - Louder (2014)
Monolith's new EP lives up to its name, providing megalithic slabs of fuzz-swaddled, grungy, psychedelic-tinged heavy rock. Opening with “The Scarred”, which drops like a load of bricks and keeps raining mortar dust into your ears, Louder hits the ground running and keeps up that admirable pace until the finish line. “If!?”, the second of the three tracks, turns up the aggression without losing the groove, and the closer, “Smelly Desert” shifts smoothly into a full-grit desert rock mode, putting an excellent personal spin on the familiar sounds of that musical style. Crisp and high-impact drumming, guitar with real character to it, and vocals that rise up without shaking off the residual grime (I mean that in the best of ways) gives Monolith a very strong EP, and one worth snagging if you have fondness for heavy rock, desert rock, stoner rock, or basically any other type of rock with a rough edge that you can think up. This crew is solid.
For Fans Of; Rhino, Brimstone Coven, Wizard Smoke, Celophys, Wicked Lady