Iron Monkey started back in 1994 in Nottingham, England. Drawing influences from doom and sludge metal, and in their first five years they released an EP, full length and a split, before calling it quits in 1999.
With their dedicated combination of modern Post Rock and Gloomy Sludge Metal, and also their penchant for long drawn-out songs, GROWN BELOW isn’t a band best recommended to the casual listener.
The guitars are thicker that three buckets of creek mud in places and while I can’t exactly pin-point the key these guys are playing in it’s definitely down-tuned a lot, so far down that the bass guitar feels almost as though the strings could drop off at any time.
They have described their sound as “METALBILLY” and after much deliberation I’m inclined to agree that this is the best way to explain what they are going for. Think of a slightly heavier version of rockabilly, but mixed with some stoner rock and a slight pinch of punk rock all covered in a layer of sludgy metal…