Vinyl LP pressing. Hellhound is Monument's third studio album consisting of nine original tracks plus three bonus tracks of pure British heavy metal. Twin guitar melodies, loud bass tones, thundering drums and soaring tenor vocals are all present in abundance. Lyrically, the album draws inspiration from a variety of sources like history, urban London life, the occult and personal relationships. Tony Newton's inclusion as the band's producer has captured the band's real sound for the first time and that sound is unmistakably British. Peter Ellis -the voice of Monument- comments: "Hellhound is, in my opinion, the best album we have released so far in our career. The song writing is a lot more mature on this album and the songs are very cohesive. Musically, it is the natural progression of Hair Of The Dog, with lots of twin harmonies, loud lead bass tones etc. Lyrically, I drew inspiration from different sources and situations, like I usually tent to do, so it is a mixture of historical themes, urban London culture as well as some more lighthearted stuff which I do enjoy writing as well. Another big step up was the inclusion of Tony Newton to the team as our producer, which played a very big part in finally being able to capture the real sound of the band on tape and it is something we have always wanted to do.
Rock of Angels Records - May 25th 2018
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When does homage cross over into plagiarism? When does admiration become unhealthy obsession? These are questions one must confront when reviewing Hellhound by U. How big? Rob Halford once found these guys going through his garbage in the dead of night, and Bruce Dickinson caught them installing micro-cameras in his cockpit. Their delivery is so close to the Teutonic marauders that the song could be dropped on any of their myriad albums and fit in perfectly. The song itself sounds far more like Headhunter era Krokus than Priest , so the whole thing feels like a bit of a clusterfuck. While as far from original as an album can get, Hellhound is an easy listen and none of the songs are bad mostly because they re-wrote good songs from superior acts.
Monument are a band from East London and they aim to bring back the true sound of British Heavy Metal. A very ambitious goal, especially because most of the originals are still alive and kicking and still releasing good to great albums. Monument have been on their mission since but have not left a big impression in central Europe yet. First of all I have to say that the sound of the guys has indeed much in common with some of the most prominent bands of the NWoBHM. Monument use similar arrangements, harmonies and also a similar sound.
Inspired by British true metal legends such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Saxon, vocalist Peter Ellis wanted to create a band that celebrated the English heavy metal heritage, and Monument was born in With tours, festival appearances, and two studio albums under their collective bullet belts, Monument delivers their third album Hellhound , with Tony Newton Iron Maiden as producer. Fundamentally, and to the point, with Hellhound Monument nails it.