Review: Monks of Mellonwah – Afraid To Die

The indie rock band Monks of Mellonwah is slowly rolling out their new full-length album Turn The People.

In a unique twist, the Sydney Australian quartet is releasing the album in three parts. The first EP was “Ghost Stories” (June 29), while their new EP is an advance release for the second EP, “Afraid To Die” (October 4). Their third installment is due for release December 2013.

Signing a development deal with A&R Worldwide (home to bands Muse and Coldplay), The Monks have garnered international praise, winning ‘Best International Rock Band’ at the LA Music Awards and AIM Music Awards in 2012. This year the band toured nationally and played Singapore’s Music Matters Festival.

With apparent influences by classic rock artists like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, The Monks of Mellonwah are equally comparable to artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, John Frusciante, Incubus and The Black Keys.

The Monks of Mellonwah prove to be true artists as they experiment with new sounds ranging from rock, electronic and pop influences, all the while always offering emotionally alluring lyrics and stellar vocals.

Their newly released EP “Afraid to Die” offers a fascinating experience of Indie Alternative Progressive Rock as each song carries its own distinctly fresh sound.

The song “Afraid to Die,” off the EP with the same title, is a super catchy song that instantly makes listeners feel like they are listening to a soundtrack made for a blockbuster action film.

Band Member Joseph de la Hoyde deserves high praise for the powerful production, engineering and mixing of this head bobbing song. The vocal by lead singer Vikram Kaushik perfectly showcases his dynamic range, powerful vibrato and exceptional delivery of the lyrics.

“Downfall” is an up-tempo track offering a taste of grunge rock. The song is sprinkled with driving guitar riffs as the instrumentation as a whole flawlessly emanates a “reckless downpour” and creates the illusion of a “mighty thunder.”

“Alive For A Minute” leans more toward a pop rock song with the musical production establishing a mysteriously haunting vibe. Once again, Vikram reveals his incredible vocal talent as he sings about a tumultuous relationship.

The final track “I Belong To You” is a slow tempo/ballad type song, colored with the beautifully intricate strumming of an acoustic guitar. The angelic quality of Vikram’s voice is simply breathtaking on this track as he sings of feeling a sense of belonging to someone, yet even “in [his] ascension there’s still no mention of his [lover].”

The Monks of Mellonwah’s experimentation with new sounds and consistent delivery of catchy songs will continue to garner them a growing fan base.

Here is the link to stream and download The Monks of Mellonwah’s new EP “Afraid To Die” https://monksofmellonwah.bandcamp.com/album/afraid-to-die

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