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Monolithe: Monolithe II

Combining elements of doom metal, goth, space and progressive rock, France's Monolithe has released their second album containing one long 50+ minute track, a continuation of the same theme they started on 2001's Monolithe I. This is moody, atmospheric, yet heavy music that ebbs and flows much like Anathema, Cathedral, My Dying Bride, Opeth, Pink Floyd, and Paradise Lost. Lots of spacey and ethereal keyboards float around the mix, with walls of crushing guitars and doomy death metal vocals providing the main focus of this extended song. Formed and led by SylvainBegot, Monolithe does a good job of creating creepy soundscapes and epic song structures here, yet at 50 minutes long, one can easily start to lose interest at around the half hour mark. As well played as this piece is, there's just not enough variety here (not that the doom genre is big on variety) to keep the listener entertained for the full ride. This is definitely worth a listen, and depending on your patience level, you might either really love it or fall into a deep slumber.

Track Listing
1) Monolithe II (50:26)

Added: September 5th 2005
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Monolithe Website
Hits: 2669
Language: english

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Monolithe: Monolithe II
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-09-05 12:13:35
My Score:

While I will admit it can be a tad difficult to review a CD that has too many tracks, the same can be said when the CD includes only one track. That is the case with the group Monolithe and their CD release of Monolithe II courtesy of Candlelight Records. The track runs a full 52 minutes and there is limited change in the piece. It is a Doom filled trek across the tune and I enjoyed it to a degree but would have liked to see more changes introduced over the span of the piece. Recently, Meshuggah released Catch Thirty Three on the world and it was also one long song. However, Meshuggah made sure to divide this epic into segments and offered more interesting changes. I felt the guys in Monolithe could have served their needs better by doing the same thing. Without suggesting they copy the guys in Meshuggah, I fear that this release as a result will appeal to only a select few people.

The song itself is good and will fill the need of those that want some solid Doom/Death Rock but be aware that with the limited change it can become boring pretty quickly. Try to sample it before you endeavor further.

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