Written by: The Administrator
It's been quite some time since today's project in question was released, but god-tier stoner riffs are always gonna get the time of day 'round these parts. Moreover, when they are this damn enjoyable, you can bet your ass they'll be stuck in rotation for a good long while.
When it comes to god-tier stoner riffs, the subtly monikered ROBOT DEATH MONKEY have decidedly got the goods, delivering a cheekily flippant EP with rough 'n' tumble component parts aplenty. Intergalactic Party Powder is chock full o' groove, a crude sense of humor, an apparent love for the swagger of Orange Goblin's catalog, and a healthy dose of Neil Fallon's phlegm nasty sneer. The riffs are big. The attitude is off the charts. Let's party.
Opener "Bantha Rider" is an instrumental bruiser, a bantha-sized collection of fat stoner riffs crafted, one can only assume, with headbangability in mind. There's a nice lil' solo, a psych undercurrent, and even without the gruff vocals, the sheer swagger these guys pack is beyond apparent. Track 3, "Dragon Clit," is another instrumental banger, and quite possibly serves as my favorite track herein. There's a frantic push to the riffs, a high-octane urgency that pairs nicely with the general punchy approach.
Meanwhile, "Asgardian Micro Whitey" and closing track "Kittens & Coke" wholeheartedly lean into the fun, engaging a Red Fang-esque drive cranked far beyond a level of hyperbole most would deem reasonable. Like any good party band, ROBOT DEATH MONKEY's killer tunes succeed by benefit of both their meaty technical chops and a notable degree of self-awareness. One doesn't simply rhyme "eat pussy" with "John Belushi" without a coy willingness to lean into irreverence. And beyond lyrical content, "Kittens & Coke" in particular is a disgusting display of engaging riffcraft.
Metal that is overtly fun by design is a necessary component of the broader ecosystem, and when it comes to stoner metal in particular, a little flippancy stands out in the sea of fuzz. Beyond that, ROBOT DEATH MONKEY are very clearly some top-notch musicians with a real knack for writing earworm choruses and riffs alike. Don't let the fear of a less outwardly serious approach be the factor that prevents you from trying 'em on for size.
ROBOT DEATH MONKEY - Intergalactic Party Powder was released Dec. 1st, 2022. Find it here!
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