Making Monsters are a female lead metal band from Ireland. Their new EP ‘Attention’, kicks off with a heavy track, showing off just how metal they can be. Vocalist Emma Gallagher is one of the few women with a voice featuring such grit she seems to have been born to front a metal band. Not only this, but she can scream as well as any of the male competition, as opening track ‘Nosebleed‘ demonstrates.
‘Limits‘ takes a much more melodic approach, showing off Emma‘s singing capabilities. When her voice hits the lower notes, there is something in her voice very similar to that of Taylor Momsen from The Pretty Reckless. After a soft bridge this track features a guitar solo, following the softer tones of the rest of the track displaying guitarist Paul Monks‘ talent.
Title track ‘Attention‘ is next and combines the past two tracks well, alternating between softer sung vocals and harsher partially screamed vocals, that occasionally hold resemblance to Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale. These moments don’t take anything away from the melodic vocals, adding a passion to the vocalists tones.
The next song, ‘What It’s Worth‘ follows in a very similar vein to the last track, with a slightly darker guitar track. It’s not until after the whispered bridge that it really does something interesting when Emma‘s unique scream makes another appearance, book-ending a tuneful chorus and finishing the song.
The EP closes on ‘Tired Eyes‘ which starts quite soft until layered screams and sung vocals bring in the heavier nature of the song. The track continues to vary in this manner. At nearly 5 minutes, it’s the longest track on Attention and needs these changes in pace to keep a listener interested.
This EP is a good introduction to Making Monsters, especially when it comes to Emma’s ranging vocal talents. This band are trying to do something to stand out form all the other female lead bands around, whether or not it will work however, only time will tell.