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It Gets Worse

from Bloodied and Bowed by Robots and Monsters

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    Anger, aggression and the conditions between, some would say, are the tenets of metal and hardcore. But Robots And Monsters believes in a nuanced definition of those genres— one in which songs about retribution, political injustices and world crises set against the backdrop of machine-gun drumming and incidental guitar noise doesn’t exist. Instead, the musical ecosystem in which Robots And Monsters chooses to live is darkened lyrically with profoundly unsolvable psychological battles buoyed by precise riffs, urgent beats and deft songwriting.

    Though it would be hard to deny the band’s tendencies toward hardcore – the four piece grew up in the midst of the 1990s New York and New Jersey hardcore scenes – it’s the members’ love of old-school thrash and contemporary doom and sludge that creates a wholly unique experience for Robots And Monsters fans. And Bloodied and Bowed is a perfect five-song encapsulation of the band’s crushingly-heavy-yet-emotional approach.

    A cursory reading of the EP title may invoke perceptions of strength and power but it’s really the opposite. Inspired by a line (“My head is bloody but unbowed.”) in Victorian-era poet William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus,” a piece about courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, the title track becomes an antithetical response to the machismo of the poem and, ultimately, to heavy music that values physical and mental toughness over everything.

    “If you look at the entire poem, it reads like a prototypical set of hardcore lyrics,” vocalist Dylan Gadino says. “Hardcore and even a lot of metal are all about putting on this show of strength. I’m not into all the posturing. I’m not tough. And I want people to know it’s ok to feel vulnerable, weak and, at times, full of despair. That’s what these songs are about.”
    When Robots And Monsters formed in the fall of 2013 it was because childhood friends and longtime on-and-off band mates Bill Bergmann and Gadino brothers Derek and Dylan yearned to play music together again. There were no expectations other than to stave off the monotony of every-day life. Almost immediately, however, it was clear the group – guitarist Derek, bassist Bill and Dylan on drums and vocals – was kidding themselves. This wasn’t about just knocking some tunes around; it was about creating some seriously heavy, meaningful pieces— both lyrically and musically.

    Shortly after Robots And Monsters recorded their debut album Down to Ash (2014) as a trio, Kevin Powers (ex-Mucky Pup) was enlisted to play drums, creating what the band considers the only official Robots and Monsters lineup. The album would land near the top of CMJ’s Loud Music chart. The band followed up with Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Fight two years later; their sophomore effort would go on to greatly increase Robots And Monsters’ fanbase. In 2018, the band recorded two cover songs (Refused’s “Rather Be Dead” and Elvis Costello’s “Pump it Up”) for the charity compilation album Classics vs Classics, Vol. 1 for New York-based studio Freedom Soundworks.

    Bloodied and Bowed’s first single and video “It Gets Worse” was released in November of 2018 with the full release dropping April 5, 2019.


    Formed in the fall of 2013, Robots And Monsters came together around three lifelong friends — brothers Derek and Dylan Gadino and Bill Bergmann. Shortly after recording their debut album DOWN TO ASH as a trio, Kevin Powers (who toured with bands like Mucky Pup and Bloodhound Gang) joined as the band’s permanent drummer so Dylan can concentrate on vocals for live shows. Bergmann and Powers became friends when Bergmann was enlisted to play bass for Mucky Pup on a handful of European and national tours.

    Though the band is influenced by the music they grew up on — think Anthrax, Slayer, Nuclear Assault, Alice in Chains, and Rush — Robots And Monsters own a sound that deftly combines the sheer power of Metal with the punch and emotion of hardcore and post-hardcore.
    The results have found Robots And Monsters comfortably sharing bills populated with any type of aggressive music.

    In the summer of 2015, their album DOWN TO ASH debuted at #23 on the CMJ Loud Rock chart where they were the only unsigned band on the list. Robots And Monsters were also featured on VH1’s That Metal Show as a “Pick of the Week” (Watch Here) and became one of the 10 most requested acts on WSOU 89.5, Seton Hall’s Pirate Radio, the nation’s most popular non-commercial Metal station. They were also the featured ‘Metal’ artist on New Jersey’s WRAT.

    The band’s latest release, NOTHING TO FEAR NOTHING TO FIGHT was released in 2016. The first single “King of the World” landed in the number #2 spot on WSOU.

    In Spring of 2018, Robots and Monsters was nominated as “TOP HEAVY/PROG ROCK BAND” for the 2018 Asbury Park Music Awards.

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Metal/Hardcore/Sludge/Rock from NJ featuring former members of Mucky Pup. Album 'Down To Ash' on iTunes. Was a "Pick of the Week" on That Metal Show.
Formed in the fall of 2013, their sound is
steeped in hardcore/metal aesthetic their songs are filtered through accessible arrangements, emotive reflections addressing the frustrations of life and feelings of total despondency.
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