The music begins with the guitars of Jack Logue and Steve Goldman. Whether trading off guitar-shredding solos or harmonizing melodies in perfect unison, these talented lead guitarists work together with a surprising effortlessness. Bassist Andy Adelewitz and drummer Michael Hunter form a potent rhythm section, using heavy, pounding beats to drive the music and give it an infectious, sometimes vicious energy. Over the top of this powerful mixture sails the unique voice of singer Matt Kelly, who brings along a virtual arsenal of vocal abilities to go with his powerful yet soothing tenor. Together these musicians create a sound that is all their own, comfortably shifting gears from head-banging metal riffs to angelic, soaring choruses. Their most recent CD (self-produced by Steve Goldman) showcases this unusual versatility with thirteen tracks of pure hard rock fury, and sets the bar high for their live shows.
Fortunately, the live show is where the Armageddon Monks truly come to life. These musicians play with an intense energy that can only come from knowing that they are doing what they were born to do, which is to put it quite simply, make heads bang. This energy has captivated audiences across the Northeast, in addition to earning them frequent radio play on Ithaca's WVBR 93.5FM and regular spotlights in the Ithaca Journal. Now the ambitious quintet is focusing its energy on expanding its fan base and getting its music to as many people as possible, and with their dynamic live show and impressive material there's no limit to how successful they will be.