Vinyl Treasures: The Monks – Black Monk Time
TeamRock's Matt Stocks examines this stepping stone in the development of metal
There's an old phrase that says why let the truth ruin a good story. Sometimes the truth is way better than any story, however, as with the history of The Monks. They were five American soldiers who started out jamming British Invasion influenced rock 'n' roll music to let off steam while stationed in Cologne. After their discharge they remained in Germany: a band of brothers in exile developing a brand new breed of rock. It was a provocative, abrasive, and cutting edge sound that was unlike anything else in contemporary popular music.