"COLD AND GLOOM"
WINGS OF DESTRUCTION PRODUCTIONS
Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia and born back in 2004 comes MONASTERY DEAD.
These guys have gone through many changes over the years. Like most bands there have
been many band members who have come and gone. "COLD AND GLOOM" was released
in 2012 & since then they have gotten a new singer. On this release the band had a female
vocalist in the form of Daria Semihatova. Her vocal style is done in a groggy screaming
growl style similar to that of ARCH ENEMY & EXUVIATE from New York. She left the
band in 2013 and then Anton Malov stepped in. The bands music itself sounds like a
Progressive Death Metal unit that reminds me of ARCH ENEMY meets CARCASS meets
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. The music is very fast paced and brutal, but at the
same time intricate and technical sounding. I really like what they did on this release and
really dig the mixture of the male and female Death growls, so I'm kind of anxious to see
what they will do on the next release. There seems to be a new surge of Russian Metal
bands and MONASTERY DEAD is at the for front of those bands. One of the better bands
to emerge from Russia and they will be a dynamic force in the underground as a whole if
they keep putting out quality releases like this one!