Origin: New Zealand
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Monsterworks  


Give it up for New Zealand for producing this hard-to-pigeonhole band with the rather baffling name. Monsterworks was formed in the late nineties by friends Ian (guitars) and Jon (vocals/guitars) and released demos and the like while building a local following. A debut album was released in 2000, but then Ian decided to move to England. A new guitarist was found and another album was put out in 2002, but by this time Jon realized the band was growing and that ultimately it would be difficult to move to the next level while still in New Zealand. So he, too, packed up and took off to England, where he met up with his former mate Ian and, with new members in tow, Monsterworks was reactivated. Since then the band has been one of the more prolific around, averaging an album a year and twice have released two full albums in a single year. Musically they're all over the place, cherry-picking from several of the major subgenres (thrash, death, black, prog) to forge a quite original style. It was earlier noted here that Spacial Operations (released for free in 2007) bore a resemblance to Devin Townsend and Strapping Young Lad, both musically and vocally, though hardly enough to label this band a soundalike. They seem content to release their albums independently (and often for free download), though they certainly are good enough to be signed to a label if they wanted it.

Current Members

Jono

vocals/guitars

Marcus

guitars

Hugo

bass

James

drums

Former Members/Guests

Ian Brock

guitars

Nathan Forbes

guitars

Ryan

bass

Jared

drums

Chris Mills

drums


Discography



Dimensional Urgency 
2000
  1. Primus Exordium
  2. Personal Demons
  3. Redline
  4. Blast Furnace
  5. Dial M For Monster
  6. Dear Abby
  7. In Space (No One Can Hear You Mosh)
  8. Awe Chasm
  9. Chunuk Bair
  • Jono
  • Ian Brock
  • Ryan
  • Jared




Rogue 
2002
  1. Set Up
  2. In The New Age
  3. Tomb Spader
  4. WhoreBorn
  5. Nothing
  6. Small Gods
  7. Colossus
  8. Oblique
  9. Blindend
  10. (!?)
  11. No Other Option
  12. Ascension
  • Jono
  • Nathan Forbes
  • Ryan
  • Jared




M-Theory 
2003
  1. Latro Praelium
  2. Rogue
  3. Insolence
  4. Supermetal
  5. Redemption
  6. Timebomb
  7. Barricade
  8. Venom of God
  9. Shatterer of Worlds
  10. For Glory
  • Jono
  • Ian Brock
  • Hugo
  • Chris Mills




The Precautionary Principle 
2006 Casket
  1. Internal Velocity (Intro)
  2. M-Theory
  3. Screwdriver
  4. It Ends Here Today
  5. Metal Is Everything
  6. Game On
  7. Out Of Control
  8. Hypertrophic Me
  9. Bleed The World
  10. Triumph
  11. The Precautionary Principle
  12. Who Am I
  13. Outro
  14. Charred Vision (Bonus Track)
  15. Thoroughly Thought Through (Bonus Track)
  16. Unknown Quantity (Bonus Track)
  • Jono
  • Ian Brock
  • Hugo
  • Chris Mills

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Lords Of Metal 



Spacial Operations 
2007
  1. Leaving Home
  2. Firefight
  3. Spacial Forces
  4. November
  5. Stars Malign
  6. Defenders of the Southern Cross
  7. The Lonely Crown
  8. Hysterical Rapture
  9. Pain and Elation
  10. Parallelysis
  11. Alliance
  12. Exfiltration
  13. Voyage of Magma Maiden
  14. To Be Continued...
  • Jono
  • Ian Brock
  • Hugo
  • James




Singularity 
2009 Casket
  1. Hit The Ground Running
  2. Cursed
  3. Matariki Dawn
  4. Unlikely Hero
  5. Meanwhile
  6. Crux Victorialis
  7. Death Sentence
  8. Blastnet
  9. Godkiller
  10. Kingdom Of Heathen
  11. Over And Out/Coming Home
  12. Macroscope
  • Jono
  • Ian Brock
  • Hugo
  • James




The God Album 
2011 Casket
  • Jono
  • Ian Brock
  • Hugo
  • James

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Teeth Of The Divine 



(EP) Man :: Instincts 
2012
  1. The Creation Dream
  2. All Suns Die
  3. Free Will
  • Jono
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James




(EP) Man :: Intrinsic 
2012
  1. Unconditional Lie
  2. Taste of Doom
  3. Air (We Have Come So Far)
  • Jono
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James




Album Of Man 
2013
  1. The Creation Dream
  2. It's Alive (The Philosophical Baby)
  3. Unconditional Lie
  4. All Suns Die
  5. Known
  6. Harden to Art
  7. Taste of Doom
  8. Being Human
  9. Free Will
  10. Air (We Have Come So Far)
  • Jono
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James




Earth 
2013
  1. From Dust and Gravity
  2. Late Heavy Bombardment
  3. Last Universal Ancestor
  4. Oxygenation
  5. Powered by Fate
  6. Bookended by Extinction
  7. Aeon of Man
  8. Earth
  9. Vaporized
  10. Trick of the Light
  • Jono
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility 



Universe 
2014
  1. Universe
  2. Grandiose
  3. Voyager
  4. The Bridge
  5. Extropy
  6. Heat Death
  7. Outside Time
  • Jono
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James

Reviews:   Metal Storm 



Overhaul 
2014
  1. Educate the Masses
  2. To Do What Must Be Done
  3. Overhaul
  4. Trial of the Sentient
  5. Penulimate
  6. Resolution
  • Jono
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James

Reviews:   Metal Observer  Metal Storm 



The Existential Codex 
2015
  1. Higgs Field
  2. Ripple Effect
  3. Hallowed Script
  4. The Uncertainty Principle
  5. Moment of Death
  6. Engine
  7. Vision by the Inward Eye
  8. Noble Lie
  9. Temple of Distortion
  10. Tapping the Void
  11. The Ride
  12. ...of Existence
  • Jono
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James

Reviews:   New Noise Magazine 



Black Swan Annihilation 
2016
  1. Immortalist
  2. To Have Done What Must Be
  3. Unbridled Force of Nature
  4. Black Swan Annihilation
  5. Vanishing Point
  6. Unbeheld
  7. Archivo Omnia
  • Jono
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James


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