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Monolithe - Epsilon Aurigae

Epsilon Aurigae
by Michael Coyle at 02 March 2016, 3:51 PM

MONOLITHE are a Funeral Doom Metal band from Ile-de-France Paris, formed in 2001, MONOLITHE started their discography with 2003's "Monolithe 1," with the success of "Monolithe 1," the band would release "Monolithe 2,"  in 2005. Through 2007 and 2012 MONOLITHE would release "Interlude Premier" and "Interlude Second," which would lead to the bands third full length record, entitled Monolithe 3. In 2014 the band would release a compilation entitled "Monolithe Zero," which would later follow today's review of MONOLITHE's latest opus entitled "Epsilon Aurigae."

To start off, we have the record's opening track, "Synoecist." This track opens with a silent build that opens the nerves to what I describe as an uneasy feeling, one which flows down the spine and sends the mind into a pit of noise that disrupts any thoughts for just a brief second. Then, when vocalist Richard Loudin comes into the mix, we are given a force of incredible and empowering vocals which mix perfectly with the backing tone given by the guitars and drums. These elements bring this track together in a way that is hard to describe, yet very smooth and to a point where we are given a song that flows with, and beckons the mind to think deeper. I personally feel that this track gives us a greater understanding to the band's writing style, we see the members blend ideas of darkness and despair mixed with an incredible atmospheric tone that really brings this track together for the listener to admire.

We continue with the records second track, "TMA-0." From the start, it's hard to tell what is about to happen, we are given a sound which is hard to describe, but if I were to describe it in any way, it would be the sound of a ball hitting the floor with an echoing tone that keeps the mind in suspense with every second that it drops and repeats. It gets to a point where it feels uncertain as to what is about to happen until a minute into the track, when we suddenly hear the faint tone of the guitar coming into the mix with a heavy and vibrant sound which leads us deeper into the song and into unknown danger. From what I see, the track consists mainly of instruments which build the track up to a point where we wonder if there would be any vocals at all. We see that this track utilizes a mad melody of mentally formed tones that form a surrounding force which makes this track stand out as the most curious track on the album, and in my opinion as it has so much to offer in terms of a mass atmospheric track.

We now come to the record's final track, "Everlasting Sentry." From the start, we are given some of the more beautiful tones that this record has to present, we are given a track that works mainly with synthesized sounds. With this track, we get a more Black Metal vibe then anything else on the album. This track uses a lot of orchestral inspiration as a main element, but with the vocal and guitar styles, it feels like atmospheric Black Metal which has dived deep into the embers of Doom. These elements give us a track that embodies some of the bands ideas and inspirations as a complete whole. I really enjoy this track as it has more heart then anything else on the album and feels very personal to the band, which gives us an idea that the members have placed all that they have in this one last track ending the record on a high note. To conclude, I feel that for a record that only consists of three tracks this album holds a lot of strength, I am very impressed by this creation.

Originality: 10
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

1. Synoecist
2. TMA - 0
3. Everlasting Sentry
Benoit Blin - Guitars
Richard Loudin - Vocals
Sylvain Begot - Guitars
Olivier Defives - Bass
Thibault Faucher - Drums
Record Label: Debemur Morti Productions


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