Monster Truck: 'Sittin' Heavy'
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'Sittin' Heavy'
(Dine Alone Records)
Release Date: Friday 19th February 2016

Brian Boyle

brian boyle

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After whetting our appetites with their 2013's majestic debut 'Furiosity', the Ontario four piece put the pedal to the metal once again with 'Sittin' Heavy'.

Monster Truck first came to my attention in 2014 in Dublin, when I caught them filling the support slot on Slash's World On Fire world tour.

Now, there's not many opening acts over the years that have left me dangerously open mouthed. But after witnessing them ripping up a forty-five minute set, I thought I was heading for surgery the next morning to have my jaw wired. Had that materialised, it would have been worth every ounce of the pain, as the Canadians dished out a performance of pummelling brilliance.

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New album, 'Sittin' Heavy', carries on where 'Furiousty' left off, overflowing with fat chunky riffs and steely grooves. Opener 'Why Are You Not Rocking' vigorously lays down the law with venomous authority.

Vocalist and bassist Jon Harvey was quoted as saying "rock n roll should be a celebration", well after hearing this track you'll realise he's not regurgitating a well worn cliché. The mind-bending riff and Steve Kiely's animalistic drumming make for more of a friendly riot than a celebration.

Sabbath meets Skynyrd on lead off single 'Don't Tell Me How To Live'. Containing every element that embodies the bands sound, heavyweight riffing, thunderous rhythm and classic rock melody, it's the big salivating chorus that will really melt your butter.

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If Monster Truck were ever to deny a blues or southern rock influence, let me tell you they're lying through their back teeth. 'She's A Witch' might not sound like it's deeply rooted in the blues genre but Jeremy Widerman's dynamic fretwork certainly dips its toes.

However, the hoedown vibes of 'For The People' has an unashamedly confederate feel with its near evangelistic, grab your partner by the hand chorus.

It has to be said though, these guys aren't all about the heavy. Their soulful side rears its head on 'Black Forest'. Delicately performed in comparison to the previous raucous anthems, it still unleashes meaty tones.

Of course, when you have a Juno award-winning producer in the form of Eric Ratz cracking the whip you know the result was worth the lashes. No more so than on the anarchic 'The Enforcer' and the sludge doomery of 'To The Flame'.

Ratz has clearly extracted every ounce of the band's creative juice. Closing with 'Enjoy The Time', the only song remotely near the mainstream route, it's Americana sentimental rock at its best. Brandon Bliss's understated organ works perfectly and complements Harvey's dulcet vocal intro.

If this album doesn't propel Monster Truck to a bigger commercial standing, there is something insanely wrong with humanity.

Line Up:
Jon Harvey-Bass/Vocals
Jeremy Widerman-Guitars
Brandon Bliss-Organ
Steve Kiely-Drums

Track List:
Why Are You Not Rocking
Don't Tell Me How To Live
She's A Witch
For The People
Black Forest
Another's Man's Shoes
Things Get Better
The Enforcer
To The Flame
New Soul
Enjoy The Time

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