Monster Truck EP Reviews:

Canadian blues.

Monster Truck is a blues-rock-verging-on-metal band from Canada, they know what they’re doing with this genre and have established themselves as one of the best in the field with their debut record Furiosity. But what about their earlier releases, their EPs? I have written a small review for both of their EPs, which you can read below – enjoy!


Monster Truck: Self-Titled EP Review:

A truck, that's also a monster... now I'm afraid you've lost me.
A truck, that’s also a monster… now I’m afraid you’ve lost me.

Monster Truck’s self-titled EP is good, but not great. In the record it is clear that the band had not quite found their sound. It is their debut EP so you do not expect them to sound exactly as they do in their debut album, but the harsher sound in this is not quite of the same quality.

Throughout the four tracks on the EP however, the intention of the band is clear – to create hard-hitting blues-rock not too dissimilar to ZZ Top. Monster Truck EP (as I’m calling it now) is slightly faster than their future material, and the sound quality itself is not as good, again, this is not such a problem considering it is their original EP, available to download for free on the band’s website.

Monster Truck EP is great fun, just not as technically accomplished as the band’s later work. The most obvious difference between this EP and their later work is the vocals. Indeed, the vocal performance in this album is lacking in the power present in their other records, and to be honest the whole thing is lacking a little in the power department.

Summary:

Not as accomplished as their newer material, but it’s still great fun despite the lack of power.

Good fun, and free to boot.

73/100


Monster Truck: The Brown EP Review:

Quite brown.
Quite brown.

The Brown EP is more like it, this is the sound that the band wanted with the original EP but didn’t quite manage. These five tracks are great, and with Seven Seas Blues, Righteous Smoke and Sworded Beest the band found their first classics – particularly Seven Seas Blues.

While not a particularly heavy record, The Brown EP is still quite hard hitting, thanks in part to the powerful vocals present in each track. Indeed, in Sworded Beest there is even a little bit of screaming, something they haven’t come back to do since.

The Brown EP is musically accomplished, despite its simple sound, allowing the bass to take what sounds like the lead is a brave step that not many bands try in the rock and metal worlds, but the best thing about this record? The organ, it amplifies the sound fantastically. But take it from me; both Seven Seas Blues and Righteous Smoke are brilliant tracks – if only I could ever hear them live…

Summary:

A great little EP, The Brown EP is worth your money, despite being able to download it for free from the band’s website – three of the five tracks are awesome.

A great EP, but with only five tracks – they should’ve made a few more tracks for this one and released it as their debut album.

85/100


So there you have it, two small reviews for two small records, I’m unsure if this experiment in style has worked – drop a line in the comments and let me know!

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