So, 40 minutes of frenetic playing with technical riffs all over the place, and a fairly high energy all around, what could possibly have gone wrong? The fact of the matter is, for all of the individual pieces of Monument, there's very little practical structure to the music. Songs blur into one another, separated at best by a quick gasp for air as the player shifts to the next track, and the riffs frequently transition from one to the next before there's a chance to actually absorb anything. What this ultimately yields is 40 minutes of boring, unmanageable music. If you want a tour through all of the riffs and melodic ideas a group of four talented musicians came up with in a writing session, pick up Monument. If you want a cohesive musical statement, something with real substance and flavor, I'd say wait for their next one.
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Scale the Summit - Monument