Origin: New Zealand  
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Page online: November 30, 2008
Last update/review: May 6, 2018

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

Jonathan Grenville Higgs

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
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • 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
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • 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
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • 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)
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • Ian Brock
  • Hugo
  • Chris Mills



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...
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • 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
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • Ian Brock
  • Hugo
  • James



The God Album  
2011 Casket
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • Ian Brock
  • Hugo
  • James



Man :: Instincts  EP
2012
  1. The Creation Dream
  2. All Suns Die
  3. Free Will
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James



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



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



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



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
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James



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
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James



Alternatum  
2017
  1. A New Branch of Physics
  2. The Oracle
  3. Living Doomsday
  4. Arms Race
  5. Divergence
  6. Human Denouement
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James



Scale And Probability  
2018 self-released
  1. The Great Silence
  2. Weight of Emptiness
  3. Cosmic Deadly Probe
  4. The Reveal
  5. All Truths Be True
  6. Ockham's Razor
  • Jonathan Grenville Higgs
  • Marcus
  • Hugo
  • James




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