Mönster "Death Before Disorder" CDPosted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2005 @ 12:36pm » permalink
With a lineup that boasts current and former members of Insuiciety, Highscore, A Thin Red Line, Born Dead Icons, The Black Hand, and several others, Mönster is a hardcore/punk band based mainly in Germany – and the umlaut's not all they borrowed from Motörhead. Sabotage Records recently sent me the band's debut CD, "Death Before Disorder", and not knowing what to expect from the interesting slipcase sleeve, I was quite pleased to find a ferocious brand of hardcore/punk with well rounded production values and short, memorable songs. Everything I've read about the band seems to draw the Sweden/Portland parallel, and that does hold pretty true for this form of traditionally crushing D-beat styled material. They've got just the right amount of melody to counterbalance their dirty grit, while messing with a couple of outside influences to give themselves a little more of an identifiable sound (granted nothing that really qualifies as "original"). But hey, sometimes the formula works, and remaining just barely within those confines is what these folks do best.
I haven't been able to find any distros in the US that are carrying this CD, so if anyone knows of a source, do let me know. In the meantime, contact the label if you're interested in picking this one up. Good stuff.