Twilight
Monument To Time End


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
May 8th, 2010 | 196 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Black Metal supergroup return and are joined by some new faces.

Back in 2005, a host of heavy hitters from the American Black Metal scene joined together to form Twilight. With the combined presence of Leviathan mastermind Wrest, Nachtmystium's Azentrius, and Xasthur's Malefic, to name a few, anticipation was high regardless of your stance on the aforementioned musicians. Unfortunately, their self-titled debut was a letdown to say the least. Instead of molding their talents into the bleak masterpiece many were hoping for, they decided to play it safe and rehashed ideas already found on the members' other releases, combining them into a hit or miss cocktail of shrieks and shoddy recording techniques. Shortly after the release of their debut, the band disbanded and returned to the darkened bedrooms from whence they came.

Four years later, three fourths of the band reunited under the Twilight moniker once again and recruited multi-instrumentalist, and Isis mastermind, Aaron Turner to fill the spot left by Malefic's departure, and in the process they snagged Sanford Parker of Minsk and Stavros of Sludge upstarts The Atlas Moth to round out their new line-up. An upgrade if there ever was one. Now the only question left was if they would deliver the goods this time around with their sophomore release Monument to Time End. The answer is a resounding yes.

Monument to Time End is a monumental improvement over Twilight. To be honest, the similarities between the two are practically nil, other than the fact that they both feature Wrest, Azentrius, and Imperial (Krieg). Monument to Time End is a stunning display of the original members' Black Metal heritage mixed with the effects heavy, atmospheric soundscapes of their newest arrivals. The album's opener “The Cryptic Ascention” begins with a riff that is instantly recognizable as belonging to Turner. If it wasn't for the wall of heavily distorted, high-pitched screams splitting through Turner's meandering melody like a hot knife through butter, it might be thought that his influence has hi-jacked Twilight, but as demonstrated throughout Monument to Time End, this is clearly a group effort. The end result is a near perfect melding of Post-Metal and Black Metal, and not just a retread of bands like Alcest and Wolves in the Throne Room, who both have received critical acclaim working with a similar ideal. Tracks like “Decaying Observer” are driven by Wrest's breakneck drumming and Azentrius' hazy guitar work, but right alongside it Turner lays down a hauntingly beautiful chord progression that creates a dichotomy between light and dark, ugliness and beauty, before it is extinguished in the eerie waves of Parker's synth programming . It is this musical symbiosis that fuels what Twilight have become; every song a shining example of what collaborations between like-minded musicians should be: a shared experience.

Obviously, there will be those that liked the original Twilight line-up more and will write off Aaron Turner and Sanford Parker's contributions in steering them away from the depressive Black Metal sound of their debut, but they are missing the point. With a group of musicians coming together such as this, the goal for all of those involved should be to experiment and broaden their musical horizons in new ways. They should want to transcend their previous works and create something with its own unique identity that doesn't just float by on their collective notoriety. With Monument to Time End Twilight have done just that.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2010


17213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

So far, this is my metal album of the year. And no, there are no teenage vampires in the band.

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Yazz_Flute
May 8th 2010


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And no, there are no teenage vampires in the band.


Not interested then.

Just kidding, you piqued my interest.

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O.J. Simpson
May 8th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I heard it, liked it, and then it lasted for a while longer than I wanted it to.

Infernis
May 8th 2010


398 Comments


Had no idea they put a new album out but I liked some old twilight stuff...I'll check this out.

Ghostechoes
May 8th 2010


1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really surprised to find a review for this album.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2010


17213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

haha really?

Ghostechoes
May 8th 2010


1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes. Hopefully your review will get more people interested in this album, because it is excellent.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2010


16395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I saw this in the store this afternoon and was seriously considering buying it, but I was afraid it would suck ass. I'll probably end up picking it up now.

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Mordecai.
May 9th 2010


8279 Comments


does Aaron do any vocals on this?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2010


17213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

not that I can tell, all the vocals are very much in the vein of Black Metal. he might do some
background stuff.

edit: yeah i can make him out doing some background howls in The Catastrophe Exhibition

Mordecai.
May 9th 2010


8279 Comments


ok cool. definitely wanna check this out, not really into Xasthur or Nachtmysticum though

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2010


17213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the xasthur dude isnt a part of this band anymore. he bolted before they reformed.
this pretty much sums up the 'new' twilight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93EB36QhjdU

Yazz_Flute
May 9th 2010


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That song was fucking awesome.

Mordecai.
May 9th 2010


8279 Comments


fuck yeah

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2010


17213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

sweet, glad you liked.

DeafMetal
May 9th 2010


8588 Comments


Good review man, good ass album.

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Bleekill
May 9th 2010


832 Comments


I forgot this came out. This will probably be better than the new Nachtmystium.

kount
May 9th 2010


1279 Comments


anything will be better than the new nachtmystium

jingledeath
May 9th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good to see this reviewed. Album is solid.

Zoo
May 9th 2010


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I tried to give this another chance dude, but it's still pretty meh and far from metal album of the year for me.



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