Saturday, September 19, 2015

Rattle Your Brains...

Behold! The Monolith - Architects of the Void (2015)

The third album from this LA-based band finds them in fine form as they churn out some war-grade doom metal, link the tracks together with chains of steel, and otherwise bring the thunder.  Warm production and slight hints of humor, along with faint touches of stoner/psych head-warping, draw the music into something with more character than aggressive doom metal usually achieves, offering up something that earns the repeated plays fans of the album will find themselves compelled to hear.  Each of the musicians puts in a superb and varied performance, and the rushing attacks of the final mix suggest rehearsal after rehearsal getting things to smash together just right.
Though the songs are mostly on the long side, they run past without letting the weight each one carries bog it down into being boring or over-stretched.  Twists of melody and rhythm will keep you guessing your first time through (and on your second and third times, come to mention it), but they'll also dig into your ear-drums and make you bang your head whenever they want.  In short, just a damn good album, through and through.  Be sure to check it out if doom grown big and angry is something you're willing to blast out of your speakers on a regular basis once you get a copy.
~ Gabriel

For Fans Of;    Goya, Headless Kross, Heavydeath, Nelly Olsen, Venus Sleeps


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