Monument, Outloud @ Rebellion
Tonight Matthew it’s going to be the 1980s.
Greco-American five-piece Outloud burst onto the Rebellion Bar stage with an infectious enthusiasm undampened by lead singer Chandler Mogel’s five-hour detainment at the airport. Balls-out, unapologetically 80’s style riffage and melodic suss that could loiter in the ears for eternity batter the gathered throng into submission. Think of a heavier Journey and early UFO jamming with Priest. Mogel moves among the audience, serenading us and grinning infectiously as his comrades’ pound out anthemic rock slabs and bust out all the right rock star shapes. Quality.
Ever wondered what the first two Maiden albums would sound like if Bruce Dickinson had sang on them instead of Di’anno? Then wonder no more. Pete Ellis (ex-White Wizzard screamer) has pulled together a merry band of forged in steel musicians, and unleashed Monument. Their mission? To deliver True British Heavy Metal back to the world.
Ellis himself hits the stage like it’s the Long Beach Arena, 1985 and his performance is as passionate as his vocal range is impressive. Musically everything has been stripped back to the roots of heavy metal back when Priest, Maiden and Saxon reigned. It’s a year zero mission that trims all the fat and pretention from today’s heavy scene and gets back to the importance of melody and robust song writing within the genre. In fact it’s a furious, superior attack that I hope one day sees them performing in much larger venues.
Although Ellis is the main focus it is the twin guitar harmonies of Lewis Stephens and Dan Baune, powerhouse drum slayer Matt C and driving bass bastard Chris Dale that should be credited with not merely recreating that 80s sound but bringing it kicking and screaming (for vengeance?) into modern times and making it still sound relevant in the here and now.
Staunchly British and patriotic even, Monument’s CD sleeves evoke the grimy London streets that can be found in Derek Riggs’ first artworks for Maiden. Replacing Eddie we have Jack who is a demonic British Bulldog mascot. In fact on 2012 LP Rock the Night a Monument poster is cheekily pasted over a torn Iron Maiden poster.
The king is dead, long live the king?
Words: Paul ‘The Number of the Pizza’ Cooke