STATEMENT – Monsters
- by Matt Coe
- Posted on 23-03-2014
Throwback hard rock from a seasoned group of Danish metal musicians who come together as Statement- "Monsters" is a debut album keeping the playing basic, street level and assaulting the blue collar crowd with anthems to tap your feet and pound alcohol in droves. The Cult, The Scorpions, and others in that 70’s / 80’s renegade mold ring true to this quintet, occasionally getting heavier in the guitar department for the instrumental sections of "Say Hello" and the semi-gallop oriented "Control".
Vocalist Jannick Brochdorf has that Ville Laihiala/ Sentenced melancholic manner to his phrasing and melodies, able to handle the slower, slightly doomier fare such as "Keep You Alive" just as easily as the straight ahead up tempo rockers like "Another Stage" or the charging title cut. 13 songs could be a couple too much as the second half loses a little steam, but overall Statement should find favor with the old generation and newcomers who love that ‘retro’ hard rock/ metal sound.