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  MONKEY3
'The 5th Sun'
(Napalm Records)
Release Date: 25th October 2013


Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus



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Pack your bags once more as you and I travel the globe. The picturesque surroundings of Switzerland are the location of Monkey3. Describing themselves as a Psychedelic Stoner band, this four-piece present a collection of compositions that are loaded with many melodic directions and incorporate various textures to spice things up.

With musical arrangements that hint at Porcupine Tree or Pink Floyd in places, this is an interesting album to tackle as a listener. Forget lyrical foreplay; focus on the drums, bass, guitar and keys as they all unite. You get all you need to know by listening to the first track 'Icarus' which connects segments of accessible music and ends up at around 15 minutes in length.

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Distorted guitar is prominent throughout this album, but doesn't take away anything from the other instruments. Light and shade both get to make appearances on 'The 5th Sun'. Haunting female sounding vocals drift in and out of the stormy drama in 'Birth Of Venus' which reminds the listener that this isn't a straight forward gathering of six Rock music instrumentals.

Maybe this album would be a good companion when driving under the cover of darkness? When you hear 'Pintao' which has the air of a theme from a spy movie or the gradual increase of tension throughout 'Suns' to a steady, driving tempo, you can imagine driving to these as a backdrop to the adventure experienced on the road.

Is it just me that finds an album complements a certain mood or activity? 'The 5th Sun' is an example of what I'm trying to convey. It is undoubtedly Rock music but simply emphasising the instrumental collaboration and tight-knit chemistry from the players. No words to distract but a strong sense of melody rears up from time to time offering a catchy tune that might well become hooked in the mind if your guard is down.

In other words, it is a soundtrack to unfolding events or emotive moments more than it is an album to switch on and listen to when washing the pots, or simply taking a bath.

Monkey3 as a unit really work well together as 'Circles' saunters along with a laid back vibe before going through the gearbox and raising the volume on the wall of sound. Flowing into epic territories and surpassing the seven minute mark, 'Circles' closes the album.

Preceding this final composition is the nine minutes or so that is named 'Once We Were...' It's in your face from the very first riff. Accompanied at one point by a slightly audible voice that is swamped by the angry intention of the music, it suddenly decides that the rolling riff and fellow instruments should chill out just under the four minute mark. Looming shadows and a tone of darkness add to the ominous mood. The power is brought back to the fray as the song reaches its triumphant and overblown climax.

'The 5th Sun' is a journey from start to finish and won't be everybody's cup of tea. Musicians and deep thinking individuals, people who wish to escape the rat race for a few moments whilst taking a relaxing smoke will all find a home with this album. Casual fans of Rock music in all of its guises will perhaps be best advised to avoid.

It's a heavy trip which cranks up the intensity to break the surface of the mellow, and then on other occasions takes you to heights of strong melody lines which soar above the underlying musical drama. Lock the brain down if you're brave enough to embrace the emotive textures and progressive musical nature of this audio beast.

1. Icarus
2. Suns
3. Birth Of Venus
4. Pintao
5. Once We Were...
6. Circles

Walter - drums
Picasso - bass
Boris - guitar
dB - keys


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29.10.13







WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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