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Mare Infinitum - Alien Monolith God

Mare Infinitum
Alien Monolith God
by Christian van Millingen at 01 September 2015, 1:57 PM

MARE INFINITUM has done it. “Alien Monolith God” is one of those albums you will listen to for a thousand times; the kind where you'll not even notice that one hour of your life is gone. You just sit there, idle, as time passes, not noticing anything but the epic story told by the lyrics. All that makes this album near perfection. If you finish this you might find yourself just sitting, staring at the wall, thinking of life. This album is powerful.

The first song “The Nightmare Corpse-City Of R’lyeh”, which is hard to pronounce, is kicking it from the beginning. Strong intro makes way for nothing else than epic Doom/Death Metal, leaving you in that deadly trance. Therefore I would advise anyone to eat well, drink well, and after that just wait half an hour before jumping in on this. It moves you, yet you sit still. The riffs have that kind of vibe where one would either feel like in a mythical planet facing a living building, or just as if your small life is insignificant in the scheme of things. The references to Cthulhu are nice. They just make the feel of this album complete. Really nice work, and that continues on the rest of the album.

The vocals have this combination between some growls and come cleaner vocals. This sometimes daring combination gets some empowerment from a female voice in “Prosthetic Consciousness”, leaving me with just one more happy smile on my face. This nuanced artful way of composing should be rewarded.

The final song “The Sun That Harasses My Solitude” fits right in with the rest of “Alien Monolith God”, yet it has that ending. A well crafted stop at the end, which really leaves you in a trance. It is almost flawless.

MARE INFINITUM should be on the list of prominent Russian bands, and needs recognition. Let’s hope Solitude Productions can offer that for them, and leave these guys on the top of the world, as they should.

There is no official video from MARE INFINITUM for this album, but I found this live video. It does not have the best quality of the world, but you can surely hear the band’s quality of performance of the killer song “Alien Monolith God” live.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. The Nightmare Corpse-City Of R’lyeh
2. Prosthetic Consciousness
3. Alien Monolith God
4.  Beholding The Unseen Chapter II
5. The Sun That Harasses My Solitude
Lineup:
Homer - Guitars, Bass, Programming
Ivan Guskov - Vocals
Record Label: Solitude Productions
     


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