Band: Monument to Thieves

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Band: Monument to Thieves

Post by AngryKidJoe » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:15 pm

I'm well aware of this communities disinterest on my favored genre of music (hardcore/metalcore) with the potential exception of D.Sauzi. Though, one of my current favorite bands 'Monument to Thieves' is a resurrection of the genre's prime sound. I really can't help myself but give you a little insight on exactly why this genre, and more specifically this band, appeal to me.

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The sound is a heavier and more aggressive variant of youth crew era punk. The music is generally some sort of wake-up call or positive message relayed in crunchy, but rhythmic, instrumental structure. But these types of bands never forget to have fun and it shows at their live shows in an unprecedented fashion. A hardcore show has an energy like no other. Though, recently the younger generations of kids are slowly degrading it as it's been becoming more and more popular. Which in turn means that more disrespectful attendees will be present.

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The standout reason why I feel this is worth a post here is Monument to Thieves' messages. More specifically in their song Profit System. The lyrics and their representation scream Winterwind Community topic all over it.

Song: Profit
Lyrics: WALL STREET PARASITE THE GAME IS OVER. No one is free in a profit system bathing in greed. So calculated you never had a chance in a season of greed with a sweet romance. Always the victim - I never thought for a second they gave a fudge about you. PROFIT SYSTEM - THROW IT AWAY. PULL THE STRINGS UNTIL THEY BREAK. It's not a dream anymore the steady flow of green to red. And now the people will take it back. They've come to collect your fucking heads. KILL THE PROFITEER. WALL STREET PARASITE THE GAME IS OVER. So unshackle your mind. Refuse to feed the greed and the crime. And I will never support the casinos of Wall Street hiding in pinstripes. Eat shit motherfuckers.

Explanation (By the Band):
Today we are raised in America to think that making money and turning a profit is the only form of success. We don't just have capitalism, we have predatory capitalism. Never before have businesses and corporations so blatantly squeezed the life and wealth of the lower classes to benefit the few at the top. The only goal of these corporations is to maximize profit, regardless of the social and environmental costs. With endless amounts of capital these corporations and their lobbyists have strangled our government and congress into submission and are raping the economy and the consumers. These industries now have complete control and power over legislation and our media. Of all the industries, the financial one is the most baffling to me. On many, many occasions I've asked my father (life long banker) to explain the importance of the stock market only to be left with a confused feeling of disgust. Why must everything be a gamble? Why must everything turn a profit? Wall Street is a ... casino and the house will always win. Our largest corporations are making money off of money. These aren't tangible products -they're a series of zeros tucked and traded away in computers. This culture of greed has left us believing we can't do anything without an incentive of monetary gain. I absolutely ... disagree.

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Re: Band: Monument to Thieves

Post by Joseph » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:41 pm

While that particular genre of music will indeed never be one I'm overly keen on, a valid message is a valid message and I very much agree with their distaste in the system that has us by a bloody stranglehold. And I quite like the term predatory capitalism. A very apt term for it.

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Re: Band: Monument to Thieves

Post by Gorth » Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:04 am

I did listen to a bit of "metal" in my younger years (Helloween, Celtic Frost and similar), but in the end, it was the "pop" metal that won out. Accept, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Scorpions, you get the picture.

Predatory Capitalism is an apt description indeed. I always thought of Capitalism as "social Darwinism". Big company eats little company until the consumers are bled dry and it dies, or the little companies develop different strategies to bring down the large ones and try to maintain a sustainable balance. Quite like any other eco system.
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Re: Band: Monument to Thieves

Post by D. Sauzi » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:09 pm

hehe, i fear im not that potential AKJ ;).

I listen very little death metal or the like, to be honest, i dont even like the guitar all that much. My taste is much more electronical, and if instruments do come in im more into wind and drawing instruments. I know we have some overlap, like me listening to Mindless Self Indulgence, Combichrist and Korpiklaani, but my liking of those bands has more to do with the variety of (vocal) sounds, electronical assistance or instruments like the accordeon.

This holds true especially for the hard or fast segment of music, if it has to be really hard, for me, it either needs the electronical bass and a lot of variation, or have a very festival like character, where you can jump and scream along with a grin from ear to ear.
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