'Bottom line... Coinmonster rock, and have a lot more substance and skill than most other bands in the broad metal genre. They often transcend it. If you like heavy-ass prog-metal, have a taste for jazz and appreciate musicianship... buy it, go see them live... do something! They deserve our respect and admiration.' --FuBARM review: For all you lovers of adventure in music' Background 'The Shematic' is Coinmonster´s fifth full lenght release and the follow up to their 1998 breakthrough album 'Universal Solvent', which spent several months on the Loud Rock charts in the US. The Album When I first got to hear this album I remember myself thinking; 'Hey, this might be a whole new area in my relationship to music.' Now it feels like so much more than just that. The music constantly grew on me and mellowed out to something extraordinary good. The album kicks off with 'Amateur Smut Writer' which initially evokes the feeling of something that the great Swedish heavy-weight band Meshuggah would have been proud of. The sound is dense and aggressive and as for the music of Meshuggah the music here is heavy, only a bit less intricate but a lot more varied. The vocals by Reider is powerful and it is perfectly backed up by splendid and very distinct playing from the three bandmembers. They really get to show their great abilities without overdoing anything in any sense. Each musician balances the other perfectly. Well, the opener is a very promising track which most likely will leave you wanting for more. As the album proceeds everything suddenly becomes very clear. This is a great album which offers lots of surprises, rythm breaks, interrupting interplays and shiftings in style. You probably won´t be able to figure out what the next track will bring and what it will sound like. From time to time I hear parts that are slightly reminiscent of bands like Mordred, Mr. Bungle, Primus and Rage Against The Machine. And of course, as mentioned above, Meshuggah. Perhaps if you mix these bands and add somewhat of a 'progressive touch' you will get an approximate hint of what the music on 'The Schematic' sounds like. Anyway, the album starts off great, gets even better and reaches the climax at the nineth track, 'Shiafu'. Basically it´s an excellent song which includes almost everything that I could ever ask for. It´s a very dynamic song which perfectly reflects the album as a whole. The album then closes with the beautiful Hall & Oates cover song, 'Sara Smile' and the intense, instrumental 'Spur'. Nice ending, quite an exhibition. I am stunned and a bit speechless. Conclusion The music on this album can be described as redoubtable, that means the first time you hear it you don't really believe it, and when you hear it again later you still don't really believe it. Well, something like that. Then, after a few days or so, perhaps at the sixth or the seventh attempt you will suddenly believe what you actually hear. At this point you have accepted that what is coming out of your speakers is nothing short of absolutely brilliant music which covers an array of different styles, with a sound of fluid colour and shifting dimensions. You'll be hard-pressed to find more complete progressive music than this. Well, at least in the hardcore-metal-progressive area. This might not be something worth checking out for those of you who prefer melodic and predictable (often called boring) progressive rock but certainly for all you lovers of adventure in music. Certainly worth given a try I would say... --Lunatic Fringe Magazine (Germany) review: Coinmonster is a little more metal than the other cds I review on this site, but for unadulterated metal music, this band is great! The album kicks off with 'Amateur Smut Writer' and a great bass solo. From there the CD knocks your teeth out, one by one with each song until you end up with soft foods as your primary diet! Though Coinmonster is primarily a metal band, they have an aspect of 'progressive in their music in the time changes in tempo throughout their songs. They just play music a little faster than your conventional 'progressive bands'. The band is a three piece that consists of Jon Reider on guitar and vocals, Rick Stoner on bass, and David Galazia on drums. Little known to me this is their fifth studio release. You could compare their music to Metallica if you have to, but Coinmonster has way more of a jazzy and improvisational feel than Metallica does. The biggest comparison I could probably make to Metallica would be Jon Reider's growling vocals. Jon has a really good voice for this genre of music, and though it falls within what you would expect for a metal band, the nice thing about his vocals are that you can actually make out the words! Each band member does a fine job with their part in the band: Jon is a great guitar player. David does a great job keeping the beat, keeping up with the fast tempo changes that tear in and out through their music. And last but not least Rick is a wonderful bass player that you can actually hear in the mix! After the first song, the CD goes into, 'Workshop', 'Body of Binky', 'Kid Across the Street', 'Little Lady', 'Dummy It Up', 'DJ Virus Strikes Back', 'Eight Little Knocks', 'Shiafu', a great cover of 'Sara Smile' (yes it's a remake of the Hall and Oates classic from the seventies!), and the CD finishes up with 'Spur', a fine instrumental which I liked best of all personally. 'Spur' is a fine piece of improv which great chops from all three members. For you prog fans out there, 'Spur' probably sounds like a cross between, Rush and Mastermind. This song kicks gluteus maximus! All in all when you prog maniacs are ready for some in-your-face, no-holds barred kick butt music, check out Coinmonster and I guarantee you won't be disappointed!! Check out the band at the Coinmonster website to check them out! -- Progressive Waves Magazine review: Ohio trio Coinmonster, on their fifth full length CD, show impressive musicianship that puts across their songs with paint-peeling intensity. This is manic, armor-piercing music a la Slipknot that never misses a lick or a beat, though the vocals, while adequate, do not always shine. Still, on 'Amateur Smut Writer,' 'Workshop,' and 'Body of Binky,' frontman Jon Reider and company do what they do with authority -- and more finesse than is usual for this genre. A prolific group that deserves a listen. -- Music Connection Magazine review: This odd three-man troupe with the quirky name and an even quirkier sound are certainly not ones to limit themselves to the confines of convention. Mixing musical styles varying from hardcore to jazz to funk to even dashes of nu-metal, Coinmonster dish up a bizarre concoction of sound. Their fifth full-length recording, 'The Schematic', is one of the most challenging listens to date. The mania begins early as the basics of time signatures and scales are tempered and manipulated to create a unique sound that's difficult to describe. The opening track alone, called 'Amateur Smut Writer', begins with a funk-like bassline, moves into a twisted distortion of hardcore punk before breaking into a riff that wouldn't be far removed from the backing music of a carnival of freaks. An incredibly uneven stop-start approach to the rhythms throughout adds that demented twist to the album, and the talents of drummer David Galazia are exploited to full extent in the man's manic fills and beats. Coinmonster can only really be described as some sort of offbeat neo-rock outfit, meshing different styles to create a ballsy and ambitious brand of hard music. Explorations into funk can be found in 'Little Lady' and the contorted 'Eight Little Knocks', while 'Sarah Smile' sounds like something from a classic jazz nightclub. Heavier modes are locked into as 'Body of Binky' and 'Shiafu' rise to the fore, exhibiting a bit of a nu-metal influence. They're not even afraid to jump into something of an alternarock frame of mind with 'Workshop' and the almost written-for-teen-rock-radio 'Kid Across the Street'. And just like how it began 'The Schematic' ends, in a blur of eccentric bordering on twisted hard music in the form of the instrumental 'Spur'. Such an idiosyncratic style of rock is sure to go straight over more than just a few heads, but many times that can be a compliment instead of a detraction. The intricacies of the music that makes it so unusual isn't lost in the recording process either, especially in the drum track. Even the minutest accent or ringing tone is captured cleanly and smoothly, as well as for the bass. The guitars however lack a certain something, a certain bit of bite and maybe some more volume wouldn't have gone astray. However playing as a three-piece tightens the sound immensely, but the scattered material makes it impossible to have any sort of focus. Many people will bask in the total craziness of it all, but many others will more likely be unable to get into it. It takes equal parts bravery and talent to release an album like this. Play such a weird style of rock and you can pretty much kiss your commercial aspirations goodbye, so maybe a little lunacy isn't that bad an idea either. But sometimes, though, lunacy can be confused with genius. Score- 8/10 stars -- Blistering.com.