|Review: Monolithe - Monolithe III|
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Year released: 2012
Genre: Funeral Doom
Review online: March 30, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
In the same vein as bands like Ea and. . . well Ea is pretty much the only band to compare this to, really. Monolithe are a French band who have released three albums in the last decade, with each album consisting of one single track of almost identical length, each being part of the story this band is telling. Near as I can tell from perusing the lyrics of the first two albums, this is a kind of 2001 concept of alien artifacts engendering human civilization.
Anyway, the music here is very much like Ea, with slow, drawn-out arrangements, heavy riffs, and an oppressive atmosphere of age and mystery. The guitar sound is excellent, and the riffs are pretty good too, only they are repeated a lot and are not always strong enough to hold up to it. Vocals are a guttural, gurgly sound that does not even appear until 10 minutes in, and then only sporadically throughout the rest of the song. I like this album, and if you like Ea you will like it, even if it's not quite as good as stuff like Au Ellai.
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