|Review: Monumentum Damnati - In the Tomb of a Forgotten King|
|In the Tomb of a Forgotten King|
Year released: 2020
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: May 12, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
for:In the Tomb of a Forgotten King
Monumentum Damnati are an alleged supergroup of well-known musicians who all wear masks and keep their identities hidden to give themselves an air of mystery (and maybe plausible deniability if everyone ends up hating this project). They describe their sound as Melodic Doom/Death, but really they're just a slightly melancholic Melodeath band that's somewhat akin to a slower-paced mid-period Dark Tranquillity at their moodiest. That makes them sound pompous and insufferable, but while they may be the former, this is actually some pretty solid stuff with good melodies and just enough heaviness to get by. They extensively use keyboards across the album, and while they're generally alright, this band is at its best when it relies on moody, almost Withering-esque riffs, like on the title track and the killer "Falling Snow", and at its worse when it leans too heavily on plinky, tittering melodies like on the limp-wristed "Infernal Sun", so I think they'd be better off just ditching them next time. I can't say these guys are as grand as they want to be, and their melodic tendencies can be really overwrought, but if they get over themselves a little and focus on that guitar work, they could make some damn killer stuff in the future.
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