"Turn the People" Proves They've Got A Few Tricks Left Up Their Robes' Sleeves Review

I really like Monks of Mellonwah. I was passed their previous album to review and really got into it, calling the title track off Afraid To Die akin to a 007-esque Bond track. I stand by that. That last album was off the chain. Hopefully, Turn The People, their latest, is just as good.

The album starts off a little slower than the raucous excitement found in “Afraid To Die,” with “Ghost Stories” being a beautiful and evocative track, recalling Chris Cornell’s solo efforts. I was also picking up a distinct Coheed & Cambria vibe from the album as a whole, only interpreted through a more relaxed, almost Incubus-style vibe. I love all of this. This is all a win, for me.

“Tear Your Hate Apart” has a slightly darker vibe to it, which isn’t a bad thing. While I wasn’t as in love with the track upon my first listen, I really got into it the more I listened. It grew on me like a fungus, and I think it’ll be that way with other folks, too. I felt like I was, at first, listening to a HIM-inspired interpretation of Monks, but the track really fall in step with the rest of the album, which, as mentioned previously, isn’t the pure fun/adrenaline-inspired effort like Afraid To Die. Turn The People seems like a more mature album, which I like a lot. It shows that Monks aren’t a one-style pony and are able to deliver their stylized brand of music over two somewhat different-sounding albums.

"Monks of Mellonwah" is on sale March 7, 2014 from Gatcombe Music Pty Ltd.

Robert Ottone • Staff Writer

A natural bon vivant in love with cigars, finery and luxurious booze, SelfieRob aims to make light of the world around him while living the party boy lifestyle. From the Hamptons to NYC and beyond, SelfieRob lives life to the fullest.


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