Monolithe
Monolithe III


4.5
superb

Review

by ClemintineBree USER (12 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2012 | 21 replies | 2,698 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Say hello to 2012’s strongest funeral doom metal album. This not only holds the number one spot but is well above the competition.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Monolithe’s solid discography just got better with their newest 2012 release Monolithe III. They’re known for their one track LP’s which right from first impression demand a great deal of dedication as you can't just listen to parts here and there and call it an effective listen. You have to literally dedicate the time to sit through this nearly 52 minute masterpiece. Monolithe isn’t necessarily doing anything new here from their previous releases other than creating a tighter compositional base and experimenting with transition passages in an alternate way. Some of their previous releases would allow riffs to draw out longer than what’s found here. Here we have almost a 20% increase in riffs within intervals creating a much more enjoyable album even previous LP’s are arguably just as good. With the increase of riffs I found this album to be much more accessible than their previous releases. They still know how to hold their emotions up high without compromisation from the increase of note techniques.

When listening through this 52 minute feat I immediately felt the connection right from the get go. Monolithe’s typical distorted atmosphere, synths, and drums kick in without hesitation. I noticed that the approach to the riffs where very careful and non-exasperating. At about the 7 minute mark we have a transition from the heavy moments to an almost airy feeling of slow moving harmonies. Once a note is struck they tend to drag out long enough before another rather than trying to fit as many notes as they can within a certain interval period; much like a singer would allow his sung notes to gain vibrato before going to another note. The vocals are deep and used very sparingly about 20% of time which is a breath of fresh air because everything here is about emotional feel and too much vocals could work in an opposite direction.

The attention to detail is quite notable when you feel moments begin to come to a conclusion like at about the 15 minute mark but then a whole new atmosphere jumps right in very smoothly. We have even uses of death styled riffing here too which is just what Monolithe needs to keep the listeners interested. It’s what keeps them fresh and growing. If you can’t take doom any further then add some new genre elements and that’s what Monolithe does very effectively. Adding soaring solo melodies akin to Evoken and Esoteric they create an atmosphere that is crushing yet visualizing. We can only hope that any future releases will show Monolithe developing their sound even further and capturing more attention from death metal fans and the like worldwide. This is highly recommended for any doom metal fan.



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CaptainDooRight
December 3rd 2012



28360 Comments


got this last week, indeed enjoyable

pos

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2012



16264 Comments


This was good but it didn't strike me as exceptional. Have yet to rate it but will likely be about a 3/3.5

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012



8759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this album is fucking amazing, aoty

Tyrael
December 12th 2012



20742 Comments


ok

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012



8759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this isn't funeral doom btw

Evreaia
December 12th 2012



3955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

either this, swans or downfall of gaia for my aoty .


Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2012



8759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

the last two albums are much more funeral doom, really long and drawn out, this is far more up-tempo and melodic and feels about half the length despite being longer than both. it's much more unique and well written, far superior to the other two albums combined.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2012



6942 Comments


Probably a troll or someone unfamiliar with the genre. I actually prefer the longer drawn out stuff this was a bit of a let down for the same reasons that Noctus just put. Still good just preferred the older stuff.

Evreaia
December 14th 2012



3955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This isn't that similar to Esoteric Troggy.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2012



8759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

nothing tops esoteric. best funeral doom band ever.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2012



8759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

perhaps evoken - antithesis of light might resonate with you?

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2012



8759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

your loss/gain [:

Keyblade
December 14th 2012



14282 Comments


Antithesis of Light bro, give the whole thing a chance

Digging: Ishq - Orchid

CaptainDooRight
September 29th 2013



28360 Comments


Forgot I rev'd this.

Evreaia
September 30th 2013



3955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

shit rules, AOTY 2012. can't wait for M3

CaptainDooRight
September 30th 2013



28360 Comments


iPod says new one rules

Evreaia
September 30th 2013



3955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its out/leaked?

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2013



8759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it's not as good as this

hasn't leaked, promos

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2013



6942 Comments


Noctus knows what's up : ] It's good to be privileged

CaptainDooRight
October 30th 2013



28360 Comments


can't believe I was the first to review this.



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