EP & Unsigned Demo Reviews: Baby Monster - Recluse
Recluse, a three piece band hailing from Cardiff, Wales, was formed in July 2008.
Since then, they have been described as a strange Queen Of The Stone Age, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Kyuss, Pearl Jam fusion, and have released their debut EP, 'Baby Monster', which GigReviewer.com have the pleasure of reviewing.
A pleasure it is indeed, as this 5 track EP is a fantastic work of music, where two of these tracks have been featured in a documentary about bikers going around LA.
The EP opens with 'Come On Over', featuring a hard hitting drum beat before the catchy, yet puncy, guitar riff pushes its way through the barricades. As the riff flows and changes, the smooth, yet grungy, vocals interrupt to bring a fantastic start to the 5 tracks you are ready to hear.
The mood changes as the Baby Monster EP works its way through to the next track, 'Back In The Ground Again'. This has a softer opening to the song, but gets heavier as it progresses.
A few harmonic hits, followed by yet more classic riffs bring you on to 'Lover', the third track, and you start to get a feel for the bands talents of working with different moods. This is full of harmonising guitar, bass and vocal patterns. The bass has a very nice part to play during the chorus of this song and really brings him out of his shell.
The EP is full of fast, rythmic guitar patterns and solos that punch through your head and stick around. The pure meat and noise produced from these three guys are so strong that once they've peirced your head (and ear drums) you can almost feel your mind bleed... it's great!
'Stranger' has an awesome opening also and makes the EP flow into some new realms, still keeping up that ultimate feel that this EP produces. This is no change when we approach the final song on the EP, 'Blue Room'.
This last track does make a change, as we sit back and listen to all the raw musical talent to everyone as they play there four minute instrumental track, filled with different lines of speed and catchiness before it runs out to a nice solid end that makes you want to hear more.