Space Monkey | The Blackest Hole

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The Blackest Hole

by Space Monkey

Brutal combination of Thrash, Stoner, Black, and Progressive Metal out of Cleveland, OH.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Thrash/Speed Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dark in Continents
5:20 $0.99
2. My Life, My Curse
5:32 $0.99
3. Twisted Visions
3:30 $0.99
4. Infested Waters
5:25 $0.99
5. Manic
4:44 $0.99
6. Woeful Medina
6:30 $0.99
7. Smoke
4:30 $0.99
8. Gemini
4:01 $0.99
9. Odessa
6:31 $0.99
10. The Internal Flame
5:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Space Monkey is the end result when you throw former members of rival bands into a room together with baseball bats and pool cues, a ham sandwich, plenty of cartoons and horror movies, and an urge to both coddle and murder your inner child. There is no recipe, there is no reason, and there is no alley we are not going to walk down. If we like it, we are gonna play it.” The debut release from Space Monkey proves these statements true. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking this is some light-hearted, humorous collection of tunes. While that may be true of the guys in the band, the music is the one thing taken seriously. Kicking off with a straight up speed metal vibe, then slowly incorporating more melodic elements while transitioning into a stoner, sludgy, southern Sabbathy feel, and bringing it home with the thrash, all with some orchestration and black metal thrown in for good measure, The Blackest Hole doesn’t allow itself to be placed inside the box of any particular sub-genre of metal. For Space Monkey, diversity is their style. Hold on and enjoy the ride. It truly is mind blowing to think that this is only the beginning.



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Larry McCloskey

Space Monkey – The Blackest Hole
The guys in Space Monkey will gladly tell you that they’re just a bunch of fun-loving, hard-rocking jackasses who like to have a good time and jam out – damn the results. The guys in Space Monkey are full of shit. They may love what they do and the music that they’re making, but something like “The Blackest Hole” isn’t something a group of drunks belch up after one too many bong hits – it’s crafted.

“Dark in Continents” sets the stage with a pounding, driving, gradually swelling build toward…what? At its core, it’s a quasi-hardcore shredder that bleeds perfectly into “My Life, My Curse” with an unending stream of manic rage. That’s when it starts becoming impossible to classify these guys, though, as in the midst of that brutal track comes a very non-hardcore breakdown that would sound completely out of place if it weren’t so completely perfect. “Twisted Visions” is much the same, with that same mishmash of emotions (all dark, pissed off, and somehow beautiful). Were those some old-school black metal influences in “Woeful Medina” and “Odessa”?

Just as you’re starting to grapple with the sound, “Infested Waters” comes along and really sets the stage, with a crazed mix of old-school black metal, hardcore, stoner rock, and thrash. If you’re convinced that all of those sounds couldn’t work at the same time, check out “The Internal Flame”. “Manic” stands alone, completely flipping the script with a sludgy stoner rock sound that the guys call back on “Smoke” – but “Manic” may be the standalone single.

There aren’t many bands anymore who still embrace the instrumental, but the guys in Space Monkey have never been shy about kicking your ass with straight up musicianship in their other bands, so they offer up “Gemini” here. That said, it flows so seamlessly into “Odessa” and “The Internal Flame” that it doesn’t seem like an instrumental so much as it does the opening act to a sprawling epic that pulls the whole thing together and finishes in a way that really makes you wish it wasn’t finished.
The big things are what will make you listen: the blistering riffs, epic breakdowns, animal rage, and just straight up rocking that’s taking place. But it’s the little things: the mixing, the arrangement of the tracks on the disc and the way they all feed into each other, and the way each transition moves from one segment of a track to the next that will stop you in your tracks and make you keep listening over and over again. “The Blackest Hole” is many things to many people: it’s power, passion, and promise. In short, it’s Cleveland metal.
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