EP Review: El Monstro – “Parthenia”

EP Review: El Monstro – “Parthenia”

EP review: Parthenia
Band: El Monstro
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Date of Release: 5th March 2014
Genre: Progressive Post-Hardcore
Reviewer: Erised

I don’t do EP reviews very often. Why? Because I usually can’t be arsed listening to the entirety of a generic band’s songs only for them to sound exactly the same track to track. Straight away, you will probably gather that this isn’t the case here, or I wouldn’t have bothered. You’d be correct.

Now, you may remember Thrillhouse reviewing El Monstro’s track “Caprica” from this EP a while back. If so, you’ll probably already know a lot of what I’m about to say in relation to this EP. Regardless, I’m going to reiterate just how excellent this release is and hopefully make a few of you realise that you need this more than Ben Affleck needs acting school.

So what is it exactly that makes this so very, very good? Well, it’s a complex issue. On the face of it, individually none of the elements are jaw-droppingly amazing, but that in essence is exactly why this works. Everything is geared towards furthering the atmosphere and really driving home the point of the song. The vocalist’s plaintive cries, the chunky rhythm chops underneath, the spacey leads over the top, the drums constantly changing feel and emphasising every little nuance of structure, the bass providing a solid pulse in counterpoint to the vocalist’s delivery. It all adds together to make something that is so much more than the sum of it’s parts. A lot of submissions we get are individually impressive, but fail to really deliver as a collective. This EP is like a manual on how to create music as an artistic expression.

I’m not even going to bother droning on about how the vocalist takes cues from Jordan Dreyer (La Dispute), because in the interest of all concerned, it’s a moot point. All that really matters is that this is an amazing example of what emotion laid bare and committed to recording can be. Seriously, I’m not even going to write any more about this, it’s simply brilliant. Listen to it. Buy it. Like their facebook page. Go see them live. Support this band, because they sure as fuck deserve more than fucking 160 likes on FB. It’s almost criminal that not many people know about these guys.

The ratings you see below you are contextual, if you haven’t figured that out already.

Vocals: 9.5/10
Guitars: 9/10
Bass: 9/10
Drums: 9.5/10
Production: 8.5/10
Lyrics: 9.5/10
Songwriting: 10/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 9.5/10

EP Review: El Monstro – “Parthenia”
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Chris Giacca

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Chris Giacca just may be the worst writer in the world, but it doesn't matter because he probably still has a bigger audience than you, so he is by default automatically right about everything. No exceptions. He's currently writing a novel which will be uploaded in single chapter installments as spoken word on bandcamp. Physical releases will be on laser disc only, limited to 17 1/2 units. Don't ask about the half.

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