Monster Truck's Warriors offers the escapism we could all do with right now

Country kicks and rock’n’roll singalongs fill Monster Truck's fourth album Warriors

Monster Truck: Warriors cover art
(Image: © BMG)

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If you’re looking for subtlety and nuance, then keep on walking, because coyness is not Monster Truck’s style, as their name alone implies and their fourth album confirms amply. Rammed with old-school riffs, joyful gang vocals and choruses crafted with beer-sodden festival crowds in mind, Warriors is a testosterone-fuelled celebration of rock’n’roll at its most primal, grimy and sweaty. 

The opening title track is particularly Old Spice-scented, its galloping pace and battle cry of ‘We fight till we die’ married perfectly with a gleefully howling guitar solo from Dave Baksh of Sum 41 – one of several guest appearances that includes Black Stone Cherry’s Chris Robertson on the swinging, southern-spiced Get My Things And Go

Fuzz Mountain tugs at the hem of Black Sabbath’s bell bottoms, but the biggest surprise here comes with Country Livin’, a full swerve towards the double-denim, self-mythologising cowboy life that sounds very much like it’ll be in a beer commercial in years to come. 

While times are tough, Warriors offers the moment of pure, uncomplicated escapism we could all do with right now.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.