Rise to Power (Monstrosity album)

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Rise to Power
Studio album by Monstrosity
Released September 23, 2003
Recorded Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida
Genre Death metal
Length 47:57
Label Conquest
Producer Lee Harrison, Monstrosity
Monstrosity chronology
In Dark Purity
(1999)
Rise to Power
(2003)
Spiritual Apocalypse
(2007)

Rise to Power is the fourth studio album by American death metal band Monstrosity. The album was recorded at Audio Hammer studios in Sanford, Florida, with engineer Jason Suecof and was released on September 23, 2003, through Conquest Music.[1]

During the tour in promotion of Rise to Power, Monstrosity headlined the Rock al Parque festival in Bogotá, Colombia, and performed in front of 80,000 people.[2]

Background[edit]

Following an unsuccessful planned Mexican tour, which was initially scheduled for early December 2001 and rescheduled for early 2002 as a result of Sepultura's Mexican dates coinciding with the original trek, Monstrosity began to record their fourth studio album at Morrisound Studios in early 2002.[3] However, due to the band's heavy touring schedule, the recording of the follow-up to the compilation album Enslaving the Masses was pushed back to April 2002.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[5]
Chronicles of Chaos 6/10[6]
Exclaim! favorable[7]

John Serba of Allmusic criticized the band stating, "Lyrically tired and musically derivative, Monstrosity remains firmly rooted in the early-1990s meat-and-potatoes death metal ethic, eyes not locked on the genre's future like Nile or Absu, or on memorable songwriting."[5] Serba also stated that in Rise to Power, the group "still doesn't break out of the third tier of Floridian-via-New York City-style baby-eaters, stringing together a bunch of musically competent, third-generation, ripped-off Morbid Angel-via-Slayer-while-sleeping-with-Suffocation riffs, peppered with clackity-typewriter double-bass drums and vocals from Glen Benton's evil second cousin's former roommate, thrice removed." He complemented, "Monstrosity attempts to scorch already blackened, barren ground, with no lighter fluid or original ideas in its possession."[5]

Chronicles of Chaos webzine writer Brian Meloon gave the album a rating of 6 out of 10, stating that Rise to Power is similar to the band's previous album In Dark Purity, but found it rather uninspired.[6] He observed that Monstrosity's style remained largely unchanged: "it's still a riff-heavy brand of death metal featuring both power chord-based riffs and individual note lines, harmonized guitar parts, growled vocals, fast double bass drumming and blast beats."[6] Meloon defined Rise to Power as a "competent release but nothing special."[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "The Exordium"   Harrison, Molina, Norman 3:16
2. "Awaiting Armageddon"   Harrison, Molina, Norman 3:43
3. "Wave of Annihilation"   Harrison, Molina, Norman 3:47
4. "The Fall of Eden"   Norman 2:09
5. "Chemical Reaction"   Harrison, Molina, Norman 4:14
6. "A Casket for the Soul"   Avery, Hall, Harrison 4:31
7. "Rise to Power"   Avery, Harrison 4:14
8. "Visions of Violence"   Avery, Harrison, Norman 3:42
9. "From Wrath to Ruin"   Harrison, Molina 3:45
10. "Abysmal Gods"   Avery, Harrison 2:29
11. "Shadow of Obliteration"   Harrison, Molina, Norman 12:03
Total length:
47:57

Personnel[edit]

Monstrosity
  • Tony Norman – guitar, assistant engineer
  • Jason Avery – vocals
  • Sam Molina – guitar, backing vocals on "Rise to Power"
  • Mark English – guitar solo on "Rise to Power"
  • Lee Harrison – drums, producer, graphic design, assistant engineer
Production
  • Scott Matthews – photography
  • Kelly Milliman – photography
  • Montrosity – producer
  • Jason Suecof – engineer, guitar solo on "A Casket for the Soul"
  • Tom Morris – mastering
  • Mike Poggione – bass guitar
  • John Snead – drum technician
  • Jacek Wisniewski – cover art

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monstrosity Complete Work on 'Rise to Power'". Blabbermouth.net (Roadrunner Records). August 26, 2003. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Monstrosity Conquer Bogota!". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. October 26, 2003. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Monstrosity Set to Record New Album, Tour South America!". Blabbermouth.net (Roadrunner Records). December 25, 2001. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Monstrosity Push Back CD Recording, Announce Mexican, Brazilian Dates". Blabbermouth.net (Roadrunner Records). January 22, 2002. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Serba, John. "Rise to Power – Review". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved June 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d Meloon, Brian (July 6, 2004). "Review, Monstrosity – Rise to Power". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 
  7. ^ Pratt, Greg (December 2003). "Aggressive Tendencies, Monstrosity – Rise to Power". Exclaim!. Retrieved June 14, 2009.