Mournful Congregation
The Monad of Creation


4.5
superb

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
May 28th, 2008 | 48 replies | 10,414 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The symbol of life and death, the totem of something lost.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Adelaide, the ever so popular Australian city, would be the last place you’d expect a band such as Mournful Congregation to originate. Perhaps it was the unlikely location itself that bred the conditions under which The Monad of Creation was envisioned, or perhaps the band’s incredible isolation was the reason why their articulate sound is different from that of their peers. Either way, you can be sure that this album is something special.

Although being labeled as funeral doom, and still abiding by the requirements of said label, Mournful Congregation carve out a completely unique niche for themselves in the genre. The Monad of Creation introduces an entirely variant form of funeral doom; one that still delves into the usual meandering song structures and depressive themes, but with an elaborate emphasis on melody, and the prominence of melancholy over sheer extremity and weight. Not only have Mournful Congregation managed to integrate gentle and melancholic acoustic passages into their long and well crafted songs, there’s even an entire acoustic track, ‘When the Weeping Dawn Beheld its Mortal Thirst’. It isn’t filler either, as seen by its playtime of ten minutes.

The album has a penchant for lulling you into an almost dreamy stupor, not once falling into stagnation, an error made by a majority of doom bands. The vocals are quite minimal, allowing the music to take control and shape the songs. Even so, they play a vital role in the lament that is The Monad of Creation. They range between low growls, solemn spoken word, and a mild whisper that fits very well with the acoustic backdrop. In some instances, such as the last 5 minutes of the epic title track, a combination of these vocal styles is used. The result is a somewhat soft whisper, but with harsh undertones. The title track is also the culimination of the fluidity the album had prior built upon; fusing both the serenity of the acoustic guitars and the slow drawn out fuzz of the distorted guitars, 'The Monad of Creation' creates a placid and tranquil soundscape that closes the album in a spectacular fashion.

Not unlike the soft, polished slabs of melody that make The Monad of Creation, its lyrical imagery is both fragile, and enveloping. The lyrics make up very little of the album in terms of playing time, yet Mournful Congregation use them where it counts; intertwining with the melodies, alluding to an ethereal and grand realm, whence thou speaketh like so. Jokes aside, the correlation between the lyrics and the music is very high; a success in the attempt of cohesion.

How The Monad of Creation sets itself apart from other funeral doom is obvious. The real question here is if this break from the norm is a success, and the answer is a whole hearted yes. The truth of the matter is that Mournful Congregation have created something delicate, bordering on intense, without committing itself to any label. Instead, they’ve forged their own identity, something which many bands seem to be incapable of doing.



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rasputin
May 28th 2008



14504 Comments


re-submit

taylormemer
May 28th 2008



4887 Comments


RAdelaide!

Rumpelnostran
May 28th 2008



22 Comments


these guys are great

Epilogue
May 28th 2008



1555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mmm I love this album.

rasputin
May 28th 2008



14504 Comments


Yeah, it's an extraordinary doom album.

SHOOTME
May 28th 2008



2393 Comments


Another fantastic review rasputin, I'll pos.

rasputin
May 28th 2008



14504 Comments


Cheers mate. I wrote this one a while ago and thought I had completely lost it in the crash, but I was able to retrieve it along with a bunch of others that I thought I had lost.

Pebster49
May 29th 2008



2987 Comments


Doom! I need to check this out.

charlesfishtitz
July 22nd 2008



784 Comments


hmmm sounds like something i would enjoy..


good review like usual, although something seems awkward about the third paragraph...im not sure what it is yet. i'll get back to you when i figure it out.


i shall check this one out.


oh, and here's a pos.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 22nd 2008



7924 Comments


Third paragraph is way too wordy and doesn't flow because of it.

charlesfishtitz
July 22nd 2008



784 Comments


[quote=rasputin]ranging between low growls, solemn spoken word, and a mild whisper that drenches you with emptiness. In some instances, such as the last 5 minutes of the epic title track, a mixture of these vocal styles is used, resulting in a soft, gentle whisper, but with harsh undertones.[/quote]

doesn't really sit right with me....just seems to repeat.

rasputin
July 23rd 2008



14504 Comments


ok cheers guys, I'll give the paragraph a re-write when I get the chance.

fireaboveicebelow
July 23rd 2008



6837 Comments


well since my second listen to Worship turned out better than the first, maybe this will have the same effect

rasputin
July 23rd 2008



14504 Comments


yeah, most albums like this take a few listens to get into.

charlesfishtitz
July 23rd 2008



784 Comments


listening to it now.

so far, so slow.

;)

rasputin
July 27th 2008



14504 Comments


ok I made some changes to the third paragraph fishtitz, let me know if they do the job.

fireaboveicebelow
August 24th 2008



6837 Comments


yep..I like this a lot now

AngelPhoenix
August 24th 2008



2764 Comments


This is one of the few doom albums you've reviewed recently that I still need. Esoteric has been satisfying me, I find it better than Mourning Beloveth's newest.

rasputin
August 25th 2008



14504 Comments


Esoteric really is a handful, I can only go small amounts at a time. I like the first disc better, Circle and Caucus of Mind are such good tracks.
This album is one of my all time favourites though, so you really should check it out. Very unique.

DeafMetal
December 14th 2010



8583 Comments


nice review band's great



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