Saturday 28 December 2019

Stoned Monkey - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: December 06th 2019. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD

Stoned Monkey – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Pain of Mind 03:36
2.Stoned As Fuck 05:17
3.U-Boot 05:36
4.Slow Sickness 05:26
5.OG-China 02:47
6.Green House 05:49


Desa: guitar
Tia: bass
Cpx: drums


Stoned Monkey self-titled debut album takes influence from Weedeater, BONGZILLA, SLEEP and BELZEBONG. I would also add Karma To Burn to the mix as well with these guys being an Instrumental Stoner Metal Band. So you know where Stoned Monkey are going with this album. It’s an album about WEED, Influenced by WEED and contains some EPIC WEEDIAN SOUNDS.

Though the band do show a cool flair with heavy sounding Progressive grooves here and there. The album does hold a bleak atmosphere within it’s musical DNA. The songs on offer are perfect for your next “STONED OUT” session and will induce a few outlandish theories along the way and that’s mainly down to the use of clever audio-clips spliced throughout the album.

The production is good and allows Stoned Monkey to perfect their bleak and blazed out sound especially on songs such as: Pain Of Mind, Stoned As Fuck, Slow Sickness and Green House.

As you can tell by the song-titles they all have the same clever hidden meaning but there is an air of intelligence to Stoned Monkey’s grooves. The music is heavy and confident from start to finish and this all adds up to a nightmarish addictive ride into the realm of WEEDIAN/STONER METAL.

The album also has it’s fair share of Noise Rock style moments and that gives Stoned Monkey an unpredictable aggression to their music. So it’s quite original in that respects but it’s primarily a Doom/Stoner Metal album that ticks all the right boxes.

Shame the album is very short running under 30 minutes. I wanted to hear a couple more songs on the album. Though, apart from that, Stoned Monkey album is definitely worth your time.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR. Stoned Monkey debut album is available to buy now on CD/DD via Argonauta Records.