Monster Truck: Furiosity

Gloriously big-boned pure rock fury from Canadian debutants

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For a new band Monster Truck sound extremely familiar, and fabulously so. Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, the four-piece sound exactly like a group with that name should, shepherding elephantine riffs, chest-beating vocals and gunslinger-swagger rhythms into songs purpose-built for basement keg parties, summer barbecues and bare-knuckle brawls.

And yet, like their most obvious progenitors Zeppelin, Soundgarden and Clutch, the quartet carry a soulfulness, spirituality and lightness of touch that elevates them above mere bruiser status. In the most reductive terms, Monster Truck are a classic rock band, but theirs is a sound so alive, so vibrant and so resplendent with energy and colour that it makes that epithet redundant.

From the rattling full-tilt boogie of opener Old Train through the slow-burning shimmer of For The Sun on to the gospel-flecked closer My Love Is True, the Truck never falter, and their obvious passion for their timeless art is infectious. Gentlemen, start your engines, the road awaits.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.