A horrible hack

These Monsters


Year Released: 2006
Format: CDR
Label: self released
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 13, 2007
Playing ambient instrumental music in this day and age isnít the surest way to lure me into the sack, but These Monstersí lazy drum shuffles and fragile guitar lines are tantamount to one drink too many and come-to-bed eyes, even to this jaded old curmudgeon. The whole thing is expertly pieced together, from faint beginnings right on through to the swirling, cataclysmic thumps of their psychotic, clarinet-threaded climaxes. Though some sort of debt is clearly owed to the likes of Tarentel or G!YBE itís a far more satisfying experience than such lazy comparisons might lead you to believe, manipulating the dog-eared post-rock template and blurring its edges rather than pillaging wholesale from any one source. The result is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting and engaging instrumental acts Iíve heard from the UK in a long fucking time Ė no word of a lie.

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