Years have gone, we've hungered, we've yearned, we've craved and we've felt the abstinences slowly engulfing us as the seemingly endless time went by. The wait has been unbearable, and suddenly like an unearthly storm wind Monstrosity comes blasting back with their fourth studio album Rise to Power. It's been almost four years since their excellent In Dark Purity, and was it worth the wait and suffering?! The answer is YES!
Rise to Power is a furious vortex of equilibristic proportions screaming towards the majestic divine. With flawless and almost unearthly precision the godlike guitar acrobatics of Tony Norman and Sam Molina float upon a beautiful surface laid down by drummer Lee Harrison and bass player Mike Poggione, setting the perfect scene for Jason Avery to unleash his malignant growl out from. Each song is crafted with a skill and passion rarely heard. All the material is really strong but there are a few songs that really stick out and such as "The Exordium", the instrumental "The Fall of Eden", "Chemical Reaction" and "From Wrath to Ruin" proving that Monstrosity is still a force to be reckoned with. Their unique interpretation of technical death metal put them in league with Death, Morbid Angel, Brutality and Cynic. Rise to Power is a CD that leaves nothing to be desired.
Rise to Power is an uncompromising and technical effort that should appeal to most death metal fans. So don't hesitate to run down to your local record pusher, and if he don't have it then get him to order it home - it's well worth the effort! I just hope we won't have to wait almost another four years for a new studio album from Monstrosity 'cause such a long wait is unbearable.