Monolithe - _Monolithe I_
(Appease Me, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
Looking for some energetic, revitalizing metal? Then you should definitely look elsewhere, because _Monolithe I_, in all its majesty, is thoroughly morose. Ponderous artificial drums, rumbling guitars, distant synth and vast, cavernous vocals -- all occasionally sprinkled with more involved drum patterns, sorrowful guitar harmonies, atmospheric passages and spoken vocals. Not an incredibly novel concept, but the fact is Monolithe have done it superbly on this first outing. _Monolithe I_ is comprised solely of a single track, weighing in at a monstrous fifty odd minutes; but even in all its gloom, the music is still sufficiently varied to remain interesting throughout. This is not the kind of album that tries to impress the listener, though it can seriously depress him; as such, you won't find violins or female vocals here in spite of some vaguely symphonic leanings. _Monolithe I_ remains very solid and cohesive throughout, something that is reinforced even further by its single track format, resulting in a massive piece of doom metal -- truly monolithic, and one of the best of its kind in recent years. _Monolithe I_ and the new Blut Aus Nord are the first two releases by the brand new French label Appease Me, and given the quality they both possess, I definitely expect great things from this label in the future.


(article published 14/10/2003)

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