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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Switzerland


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MONKEY3 are an instrumental psychedelic rock band from Lausanne/Switzerland showing Picasso (bass), Walter (drums), Boris (guitar) and keyboarder Mister M aboard. The music units elements of stoner, post and space rock, all this presented with a rather hypnotic fundament, a repetitive nature. Their self-released debut came out in March 2003.

One year later Belgium label Buzzville re-issued this album including a differing artwork. Afterwards they extensively toured Europe alongside bands like Alabama Thunderpussy, Mono, Dozer and Hypnos 69. April 2006 they went to the studio again in order to work on the follower album. February 2007 saw the release of '39 Laps' then.

MONKEY3 are currrently preparing for the next album, entitled 'Beyond The Black Sky'. Bands similar in style are The :Egocentrics, 35007, Serpentina Satellite, Los Natas.

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3.50 | 16 ratings
Monkey3
2003
3.75 | 20 ratings
39 Laps
2007
3.51 | 36 ratings
Beyond The Black Sky
2011
3.86 | 21 ratings
The 5th Sun
2013
4.14 | 7 ratings
Astra Symmetry
2016

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4.00 | 8 ratings
Undercover
2009

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4.00 | 8 ratings

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Undercover
Monkey3 Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Monkey 3 is a stoner/space rock band that usually plays all instrumental music. 'Undercover' is their EP take on 6 covers. They give the songs, most of them quite popular among the progressive rock crowd, the space rock treatment. The have recruited two guest singers to help them with these covers.

It starts out with 'Numb', a cover originally from the band Archive. For those that don't know, Archive is a band that does a mostly electronic, trip-hop progressive sound. This cover is not trip-hop at all and it is all instrumental, but is a perfect example of their space rock sound with heavy guitars and lots of synth effects. A great opener, which takes a lot of liberties with the original.

'Watching You' is a cover from Kiss. This one features John Garcia from Kyuss as the lead singer. Much better than anything Kiss has ever done, this one is along the same line as Kyuss, that heavy stoner rock with a lot of great guitar. Kiss was always corporate rock to me, but this cover gives the song new life.

'One of These Days' is the excellent instrumental that opens up the album 'Meddle' for Pink Floyd. This one is a ambitious attempt, and instead of meandering so much in the beginning, it starts off quite heavy from the beginning, but the cover is surprisingly good and you'll have no problem recognizing the song. They definitely do it justice.

'Kashmir' is the Led Zeppelin track that everyone knows. It is sung by Tony Jeloncovich from M.A.N. and Transport League. It's a decent cover, but doesn't change the original much except for the fact that guitars are used in place of the strings. The vocals are heavier in this instance, and it's a decent job, but doesn't change the original or add anything to it as it did with the other tracks so far.

'Burn' is the cover of the Deep Purple song. It is kept at a slower, dream-like rhythm and is actually a great take on the song, and it is also all instrumental and alternates between heavy stoner rock and a bit softer at times. It builds off of the famous riff from the original, but keeps it at a slower, yet heavy tempo. It gets quite intense towards the middle and has a few excellent guitar solos in the middle. It is a definite improvement on the original, believe it or not.

'Once Upon a Time in the West' is a cover from Ennio Morricone, which they have done before on other EPs. This time, we get a live version of it though. It starts out sparse and pensive with a wind effect and a lone electric guitar. Finally after two minutes of this, you get a synth pattern as a base, and the guitar moans and drones in some interesting sounds, then there is a crash of a bell and drums and a slow and heavy melody starts as the guitar slowly slogs out the theme. At 4 minutes, a steady slow pace gets established as the guitar continues moaning out the theme.

The EP is a good entrance into the stoner/space rock of the band, and the covers are pretty good, with 'Kashmir' being the weakest, yet it is still decent. The band's albums are actually better since they have original material on them for the most part, but this will give you insight into their music. The band is actually quite talented and those that love the stoner style rock will love them. This EP is definitely worth looking into, but then so is all of their music. This is one of those bands that should be more popular than what they are. If you love the heavy music of Black Sabbath or other 70's hard rock, this is also right up your alley.

 Beyond The Black Sky by MONKEY3 album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.51 | 36 ratings

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Beyond The Black Sky
Monkey3 Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Perhaps more aptly labeled as heavy instrumental rock with psychedelic tendencies, Monkey3's third album essentially pieces together various hard rock riffs with some electronic sounds spiraling in and out intermittently. These eight instrumentals are not very memorable, but I suspect they're not supposed to be. I feel like there's a lack of compositional creativity here, with most of the pieces amounting to well-crafted jams.

"Camhell" Alternating between sedated, bass-led thudding to overpowering, monstrous rock, the opener is equal parts sleepiness and psychosis.

"One Zero Zero One" Melodic bass paired alongside toms introduces a moderate piece of rock music that features harmonic lead guitars.

"Black Maiden" "Black Maiden" enjoys a series of gradual builds, initially with heavy percussions and light guitar. There is again a repetitive but melodic bass providing the hypnotic foundation. Occasional bursts of energy pierce through.

"Tuco the Ugly" A light interlude, this piece has a repetitive acoustic rhythm backing sporadic guitar string bends.

"K.I." A second short piece, this one is vastly different from what came before: A positive onslaught of raging guitars and drums that pummel the listener into submission.

"Motorcycle Broer" Alternating power chords jump back and forth, giving way to a simple, lighter rhythm. It eventually erupts in a squealing lead guitar display.

"Gate 57" This moderate rock opus features a pleasing electric guitar phrase at the end.

"Through the Desert" The final piece initially makes me think of being alone in a cold desert. It eventually adopts a monotonous rhythm guitar with light synthesizer tones howling over it. All that stops to bring in a thrash-like, less hypnotic rendering. It is an extremely repetitive piece that differs in dynamics only.

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