EP Review: Trash Monroe – “Addiction of Duplicities (Part 1)”
Never one to stick too heavily to predefined templates, Trash Monroe release these two tracks – S.O.B. and Stupid Again – as part one of a two part EP, which is a new one on me. Not quite sure what Addiction of Duplicities means, but fairly sure it’s a very clever and moody type of thing.
Now in their tenth year, Trash Monroe are one of those bands that have been doggedly plugging away tirelessly, taking ground inch by inch to get this far, and gaining along the way a fully developed understanding of what it is they are trying to do. The base of the sound is a female fronted metal band, but if you listen closer there’s a lot more going on than that.
Trash Monroe quite neatly sidestep the pitfalls of the widdly widdly / bonecrushing camps of metal, and also the woah I’m a girl / swords and dragons dead ends of some female fronted bands of the genre, and are successfully treading their own path here.
Heavy but melodic, thoughtful and sometimes with a bit of powerballading thrown in for good measure, this record crams a hell of a lot into two tracks. It doesn’t quite match the intense live experience, but it nevertheless stands as a good showcase for what this band can do.