Monolithe - _III_
(Debemur Morti Productions, 2012)
by: Dan Lake (8 out of 10)
Luckily for Paris, France's Monolithe, we here at CoC don't resort to clich├ęs like those lazy bitches at other extreme music outlets. Sure, it would be easy to expect the third record by a band called Monolithe to be a gargantuan slab of doom that... wait, what? It's a single 52-minute track? You say it's slow? Doomy, even? And it's called _III_? Now you're just... Seriously?

While debates may rage regarding whether track delineations for of-a-piece albums enhance the listening experience or simply encourage the attention deficit listening habits of an iTunes-era audience, Monolithe aren't hearing any of it. The multiple musical movements threaded through _III_ are appended carefully end to end with (mostly) seamless transitions and peculiar sonic twists. _III_ is a mostly instrumental affair, roaring out of an abyss that is occasionally lit by synth-led themes and triumphant chord progressions. When vocals do stir from their cavernous lair, they are appropriately growly and whispery. Nothing in Monolithe's guitar section falls short of magnificent; they drone, they chug, they charge and challenge, and they always satisfy. The drums carve a perilous path through the darkness, always in fervent support of the tonal madness surrounding them.

Extreme doom often feels beaten to death. With _III_, Monolithe shock it back to life.


(article published 27/11/2012)

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