Everyone’s favourite Canadian blues band is back, with Sittin’ Heavy. Monster Truck have stormed onto the scene in recent years, after Sweet Mountain River was a playable track in Rocksmith 2014, the band’s career seems to have really taken off. After hitting several of the world’s biggest rock and metal festivals (including one fantastic show at Download ’16 in Donnington Park), Monster Truck keep hitting new heights, including supporting fellow Canadian rockers Nickleback on a major tour.
Of course, to have a blossoming career such as theirs, your music needs to be quality and accessible – Monster Truck is definitely both of those. As you’ll see in my review of their debut record, Furiosity, I love this band. Their hard-rock, metal blues sound is groovy, raw and full of impalpable energy not found in many other bands. Furiosity was a hard act to follow, but Monster Truck have managed it with Sittin’ Heavy; it’s an album that slightly evolves the band’s sound, but is arguably just as good as their incredible debut.
First-off, Sittin’ Heavy is a heavy record. The riffs are loud, energetic and oh-so catchy. The guitar has been given a bigger emphasis this time around, with the organ having moved into a more supportive role in a number of the album’s tracks. The shift in sound took me a little bit to get into, as the organ, bass and guitar going toe-to-toe was one of my favourite aspects of Monster Truck. After a couple of listens however, I got into the sound. The organ is still there, it’s quite prominent in several tracks too, such as the energetic Things Get Better and the slower finisher, Enjoy the Time.
Indeed, the variety of tracks on Sittin’ Heavy is an improvement over Furiosity, where more than a few songs shared vast similarities to one another. For example, there are the straight-up hard, blues rock tracks such as the brilliant Don’t Tell Me How to Live, Why Are You Not Rocking? She’s a Witch and the effortlessly spectacular The Enforcer, about a fight in an ice hockey match. To be honest, the whole album fits under the genres of hard-rock, blues and even some metal. Slower, more progressive tracks like Black Forest and the down-tuned, stoner-metal sounding To the Flame ensure that there is plenty of variety to Sittin’ Heavy.
Although the album comes with more variety than I’ve previously known for Monster Truck, I don’t think it quite matches up to their previous effort, Furiosity. No matter how good tracks such as Don’t Tell Me How to Live, The Enforcer, She’s a Witch and Black Forest are, none quite match up to the best the band has to offer. Sure, Sittin’ Heavy is an incredible album, with 11 fantastic tracks, but it doesn’t quite match the intensity and energy of Furiosity. In my opinion, Sweet Mountain River is the best track Monster Truck has ever written, and they’ll be hard-pressed to come up with anything better.
Monster Truck’s Sittin’ Heavy is brilliant from start to finish. It’s catchy, energetic, heavy and effortlessly enjoyable.