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Monster Truck
Sittin' Heavy

Company: Mascot
Release: 2016
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Frank Hill

  • Makes the past sound vital in the present

  • "Rock and roll might save your life, It might save your life tonight!"

    On their second full album, "Sittin' Heavy", Monster Truck blows the walls of the building with opener "Why Are You Not Rocking?", a quick burst of anthemic blues rock sure to begin many concerts. Titling it as a question, there's no further answer than turning up the volume and letting your spirit come out. It's two minutes+ of what rock & roll is about and what a lot of us need--a rowdy party with like-minded souls. "For the People" and "Enjoy the Time" both share similar lyrics of communion, but come from a lineage closer to the hand-holding, Flower Power of the late 60s. The barn we all just burned down gets rebuilt with joyful togetherness. "Black Forrest" is a Zeppelin-styled, bluesy centerpiece much like "For the Sun" on 2013's "Furiosity". But this time the light is gone and hope is lost. "Another Man's Shoes" and "To the Flame" have the heavy riff, big-foot lope familiar to many Stoner bands. Most songs these days don't have references to "devil women" anymore possibly due to more respectable modern views, but "She's a Witch" is tribute and warning to those volatile ladies we can't resist but should. In "New Soul", Jon Harvey's raspy, deep voice is offering up some whiskey and warmth under the stars to a different "diamond woman". Ain't nobody gonna tell him how to live...nope.

    Individual songs on "Sittin' Heavy" consist of many opposing themes--hope and despair, fighting and fellowship, loss and gain; yet it is musically consistent classic/blues/hard rock. Along with bands like Black Stone Cherry and Shinedown, Monster Truck makes the past sound vital in the present, but don't bother trying to predict the weather, just stand in the wind and enjoy the breeze.

    About this Writer:
    Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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