Album review: Monks of Mellonwah – Neurogenesis EP

May 7, 2012

Monks of Mellonwah - Neurogenesis EP artworkTitle: Neurogenesis
Artist: Monks of Mellonwah
Label: Self-released
Released: 24 May 2012
In One Word: Underwhelming

I don’t care who the engineer on your album is and I’m sure 99 per cent of the music–listening  population agrees. Sure, you may end up with a professional sounding recording but ultimately, what makes the music good, is just that – the music. Monks of Mellonwah may have used former Nirvana engineer Howie Weinberg (he mastered Nevermind), but Nirvana didn’t use that fact to bring attention to their album – their music, lyrics, guitar riffs etc., did that. Mr. Weinberg may not have the reputation if Nirvana were not a great band to begin with.

The rock band Monks of Mellonwah from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia have released a four song EP. I believe that if a band puts out a record of only four songs, they had better be fantastic. Unfortunately, I was completely underwhelmed (if that’s a word) by the Monks and this release. The title song “Neurogenesis” has a very Alice in Chains flavour to it. But unlike Alice in Chains, it seems they’ve built the song around the chorus and thrown in a couple of obscure sounding, metaphorical verses for good measure. I’m just not buying it. The other three songs don’t even have a hooky chorus to make me interested in them. I think these boys may have a future if they actually work to improve their song craft and by that, I mean, read a little poetry, maybe some of the classics. Don’t worry so much about the quality, big-name engineers and producers because though the recording may sound polished, it needs substance to draw the audience in. Some of my favourite albums were produced on four-tracks in the song writer’s living room.

© Dee Dee Duric, Music Vice

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