Monsonic – “The Dragon’s Head”


Exemplifying both the project’s industrial rock and creatively atmospheric strengths, “The Dragon’s Head” is the latest single from Oklahoma City-based artist Monsonic. Focusing “narrowly on the relationship between self and other,” the track precedes the upcoming album In Between, out on 10/18.

Balancing self-discovery and the feelings of being exploited by others, the single’s themes are described by Monsonic as “about unabashedly choosing to take back the power of self without any doubt,” reminding listeners repeatedly that “the power of self has been taken back and will no longer be used to help the other almost hinting towards narcissism.”

A patiently unfolding, textured introduction concocts a spacey immersion, a la Spiritualized. Distorted guitar crunches and escalated vocal passion deliver a bouncier psych-rocking tendency into the two-minute turn, setting for a dreamier haze in the “through smoke,” vocal lushness about a minute thereafter. “I cannot help you,” the vocals repeat, emphasizing a return to self-power with captivating endurance. “The Dragon’s Head” is an emotively impactful rock success from Monsonic.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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