Monje - Monje Album Review 
About The Band
This Argentinian doom mob have only been pedaling their filthy aural crops since September 2016, and not much is known about them publicly, but here we already have their first full harvest. ‘Monje’ is 7 tracks (and an intro track) of fuzzed out, high-as-a-kite-on-Everest Stoner Doom that are bound to tempt those inclined to partake.
The album starts off with ominous intro ‘Las Culpas.’ Drones and church bells underpin eerie incantations as a lone fly darts from speaker to speaker. This all soon gives way to the thundering bass line and stomping drums of ‘Rio de Decepción’ and we’re off to Sabbath country! Initially recalling ‘The Sword,’ in their early guitar hero bothering days, things soon drop down to a sinister slither where Sebastian Rocón’s vocals are given room to seek out the depths of the smoke filled tomb they inhabit. This doesn’t last long however as soon another huge riff bursts into life as the vocalists vengeance is unleashed upon the listener. This pretty much sets the low end tone for the entire album.
There are some excellent and lovingly crafted riffs on display here with ‘Asensino del Pensamiento’ and album closer ‘Nefaste Evolution’ both being notable mentions of this. Tempo and dynamic variations keep things from getting too monotonous (especially on the exhilarating blast n’ groove of ‘Paisaje del Horror’) and overall this is a decent example of a thriving (some might say overpopulated) Metal sub-genre.
There’s nothing groundbreaking or new here by any means. However if you’ve got a bottle of whisky in hand and a bunch of smoking paraphernalia set up over your copy of ‘The Satanic Rituals’ you could certainly do a lot worse. Give it a spin and pass us a skin!