Monarque
Ad Nauseam


3.5
great

Review

by Simon Harris (SCREAM!) USER (56 Reviews)
November 7th, 2010 | 21 replies | 5,955 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This one man Canadian project manages to make standard fare black metal actually sound good

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Monarque is one of the hundreds (see thousands) of Canadian black metal bands to come out of the province of Quebec trying to have his name mentioned in the same leagues as greats like Forteresse, Sombres Forets and Gris. Unfortunately, Monarque has only one of two things that made these bands as powerful sounding as they are.

The music itself on Ad Nauseam is pretty standard. A thick layer of fuzz coats the backdrop of the sound as melodic tremolo picking weaves its way over it in order to create the main riffs to the songs. Throw in some tastefully used keys in the backdrop and the standard high pitched screaming and you have Monarque (and a countless amount of other black metal bands).

However where Monarque does manage to stand out is by the way he plays the standard fare a lot better than average and manages to pull it off sounding passionate about what he is doing. Ad Nauseam does not sound like oh so many one man basement projects where the artist drowns everything in distortion to hide the fact that he can’t play for ***. Monarque can indeed play and definitely does not try to hide it. He pumps just enough distortion into his music to allow it to retain the atmospheric quality one looks for in black metal but while also retaining a fair amount of clarity in his tremolo picking allowing the songs to stand out from each other easily. On top of that each song advances steadily with a strong driving pace that when combined to the relatively emotional sounding (for black metal anyway) vocals manage to make this would-be failure into an enjoyable experience for any fan of the genre.

So although not quite being able to rank himself among the big names in Canadian black metal yet, Monarque shows promise on his second full length that abodes well for his future. Managing to make the standard black metal sound this enjoyable after it has been done to the point of oversaturation takes talent and passion. If he were to put both these elements combined with a little more effort of breaking the mold he is in, then Monarque might very well have a classic on the way next.



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BallsToTheWall
November 7th 2010



44164 Comments


Wonder if his dark ambient project is still around. Good review.

Hawks
November 7th 2010



34582 Comments


I knew this was going to be another Canadian black metal band since you reviewed it haha. Nice review man.

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jingledeath
November 7th 2010



7104 Comments


damn canadians

SCREAM!
November 7th 2010



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Hawks, last bm band i reviewed was australian so im not sure how you got that idea lol I think you would def enjoy this but the two bands i shoutboxed you are more important

@Jingle, You jealous man?

Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

Hawks
November 7th 2010



34582 Comments


@Hawks, last bm band i reviewed was australian so im not sure how you got that idea lol I think you would def enjoy this but the two bands i shoutboxed you are more important

Because I always expect Canadian bands from you lol. And I'll check out this one after the other ones.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2010



16263 Comments


i went to quebec once and wasn't too impressed

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SCREAM!
November 7th 2010



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Where in quebec did you go?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2010



16263 Comments


Montreal, like every other person who visits Quebec who lives out of the country. It was ok, but I know like 6 phrases in French and I generally don't like big cities so that may attribute to it.

Bitchfork
November 7th 2010



7584 Comments


étudie ton français, kyle.

SCREAM!
November 7th 2010



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

étudie ton français, Kyle*

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2010



16263 Comments


French doesn't interest me, really.

SCREAM!
November 7th 2010



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ive been to montreal a couple of times and enjoyed it but yeah definitely not the place you want to be if you dislike big cities

Bitchfork
November 7th 2010



7584 Comments


"étudie ton français, Kyle*"
fuck your proper usage of infinitives (can't believe i did that) and your fucking accents.

SCREAM!
November 7th 2010



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its actually the imperative and nice edit up there btw

jingledeath
November 7th 2010



7104 Comments


not really

Wizard
November 8th 2010



19231 Comments


Great review Simon. Will probably check this out seeing as I've taken an interest recently in the Quebec black metal scene.

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TheSpirit
November 8th 2010



17184 Comments


quebecian metal

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Wizard
November 8th 2010



19231 Comments


Frog metal.

SCREAM!
November 8th 2010



9977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Frog metal."
Nah man sounds nothing like inquisition

FinalWord
December 21st 2010



99 Comments


Le français est la plus belle langue du monde. Je peux pas croire que les américains sont trop bornés pour l'apprendre et préfère rester avec leur langue beaucoup trop utilisé à mon gout.

Neverthless, I still like english for songs. Go google translators that you American



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