“This Monster” is the opening track from The Tragedy Canvas, it’s a song that introduces his sound effectively – his work pours through as that of a passionate artist. The song feels organically crafted, partly Hard Rock, partly Heavy Metal in its structuring and its musical evolution throughout.
Bringing back the classic rock vibes, the release also presents a refreshingly light and multi-layered ambiance that feels new and exciting. This balance between nostalgic and contemporary works beautifully. There’s even a level of soulfulness running throughout, not to mention various flickers of color and expressive moments of brightness – the whole thing is an easy must for fans of alternative Heavy Metal and underground rock in general. Even ambient trip-hop lovers are likely to get something great from this.
“This Monster” is a track that legitimately gets better and better as it pours through. The opening moments alone present a certain originality that draws your interest in The Tragedy Canvas as an artist and a creative, but as things move along, more and more of this inherent character and ability starts to show itself. The first three minutes see the mood and the instrumentation evolve significantly, and by the latter three minutes – you have a strong level of personality and detail to look out for and connect with; those essential traits of familiarity that make for a comforting, reliable listening experience.
From a songwriting perspective, the verse lyrics pour through fast and heavy, there are poetic images, ideas about life and the world in general, as well as some deeply personal observations. A single listen is far from enough to gather a full understanding or view of what’s being said. This is where the artist’s inherent passion begins to show itself – it feels like a stream of consciousness in some ways, an emotional reaction to anything and everything, by means of a colorful and honestly expressive piece of music and writing.
There’s a sense of confidence to it all, particularly the spoken word or speech style part – the song offers an empowering aura that draws you in more and more as the whole thing progresses. It’s a grower, for sure – intriguing at first but genuinely enjoyable and, as stated, refreshing the more involved you get. The track in full is well worth a look – the further into it you get, the more of a fan you become. Really impressive, original songwriting.