Burning Monk are a band from Oakland, California that plays a mixture of stoner, doom, hardcore and grind and this is a review of their self titled and self released 2013 album.
The album starts out with a very fast hardcore/grind sound along with aggressive hardcore punk style shouts and yells and after awhile growls and blast beats are added into the music and they stick to a faster direction for the fast few tracks before adding in doom metal and stoner rock elements.
As the album progresses the band sticks to mostly a faster direction while also slowing down at times and the music is a lot more closer to hardcore punk than doom or stoner rock and at times they also bring melody into the music along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and as time goes on by the doom metal parts really start becoming a huge part of the recording.
With this album Burning Monk shows off 2 different sides with their music one minute they are playing has hardcore punk with a grindcore edge and at other time s they play some slow stoner/doom metal that also has a 70's feeling to it and the 2 styles make the album sound very interesting.
Song lyrics cover violent, hateful and everyday themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and dark sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album.
In my opinion Burning Monk are a very decent sounding mixture of hardcore punk, grind, stoner and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fuck Dump" "Oblivious" God hates Fred Phillips" and "15 Minutes Of Lame". 7/9 out of 10.