Pim B. : We had to wait quite a while for a new Monstrosity album. A band we can consider as one of the greats from the Florida death metal scene. All their albums are worthwhile. We’ll take for granted we had to wait 11 years on the follow-up to their 2007 album ‘Spiritual Apocalypse’. Like the previous two albums this new one is released by Metal Blade. This time this company takes care of a worldwide release where the previous ones were released for the European market. Drummer and founding member Lee Harrison started composing material in 2011. He plays a decent tune on the guitar as well and since 2013 he is the guitarist of Terrorizer too. Guitarists Mark English and Matt Barnes also contributed to the new material. English has been in the band since 2006 and he is also in Deicide since 2016. Barnes is the newest member. He has been part of Monstrosity since 2010 and he’s also active in Chaos Inception and Quinta Essentia. The fact these guys all have other bands on the side might have been a factor that we had to wait on a new album for such a long time. Bassist Michael Poggione and vocalist Mike Hrubovcak also have multiple bands next to Monstrosity and next to that not all members reside in Florida.
The recordings did take place in Florida though. This time not in the Morrisound studio, but on three other locations. Drums were recorded with Jason Suecof at the Audiohammer Studios in Sanford. Guitars and bass at Ascension Sound in Tampa and the vocals at the Redneck Studios in Gibsonton. That is Obituary’s studio and Monstrosity has a great relationship with that band. Lee Harrison helped them out as a stand-in guitarist and more recently he replaced Donald Tardy on drums for a couple of European shows. The mix was done by Mark Lewis who delivered a great final product. Lewis has done mix-jobs for bands such as Death Angel and Trivium and more recently he remixed Megadeth’s debut ‘Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!’ that was reissued. The twelve songs on this album, with a playing time of almost an hour, sound really good. Next to that the compositions are outstanding too. I can’t think of one song that might be a fluke. Each and every track is a knock-out with the leadguitar parts being the obvious seasoning. Basically you can consider ‘The Passage Of Existence’ as a logical follow-up to ‘Spiritual Apocalypse’. After a few spins you will forget Monstrosity has been quiet for such a long time.