The Monolith Deathcult
Tetragrammaton


4.0
excellent

Review

by Matthew Hopkins USER (45 Reviews)
May 9th, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 05/14/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brutal death metal with a light hearted edge.

As a general rule of thumb, I'm not much of a death metal fan, particularly I'm not a fan of the heavier side of the genre, the constant “Gawr! Gawr! Gawr!” of lyrics that don't make any sense and the brutal yet clichéd and often boring “GRIND! GRIND! GRIND!” that the guitars belch out umpteen times a minute. Death metal is a genre that is teetering on the edge of utmost boredom, trapped by the very distinctions that make it unique.

Monolith Deathcult's Tetragrammaton is like the death metal version of febreeze. Something so fresh and unique that it actually sounds pretty damn good. The Deathcult manage to mix death metal with a little bit of comic relief. Unlike most bands, they actually know how serious the death metal genre takes itself, and they use this to their advantage. Whether it is the robotic sounding voice that welcomes you to this album, or the same voice which repeatedly mispronounces the album title on the final track, the Deathcult know that this is what the genre is all about, and keep it as fresh as possible.

Tetragrammaton starts as it means to continue, this album is a brutal onslaught of death metal with subtle symphonic tones. Heavy pounding drums and sounds of impending doom whisk you away on a journey, that will only end with the destruction of the 'stars, life and nebulae'. 'Gods among insects' is exactly what you'd expect from a heavy death metal band, brutal guitars and frantic drumming that could wake the dead. In amongst this maelstorm of noise stands a lone keyboard with a passion for the symphonic tones that makes up so much of this genre's history. He alone stands against the coming darkness of brutal death metal, like a stalwart rock in the midst of a raging torrent.

However, a shout out goes to the vocals, because I can actually understand what they are singing about, which is a first for me. Kok does a brilliant job behind the microphone, and his growling throbbing voice will cut through your skin like a cannon filled with broken glass and oozing balls of hatred.

The album pushes the time to just under an hour, with the shortest song being just under six and a half minutes. Whilst it would seem like a long haul TMDC manages to make it seem fresh and exciting all of the way through the album. Something about this record just seems to stick with you, and help you across it's length. It is full of cheesy remarks and cheesier vocals. With that robotic voice that you meet on the first track popping up throughout the album, telling you these days men shall see death, amongst other more important things. But it all adds to the mood of the record, and helps it gain a specific type of style.

TDCM are totally aware of their flaws, and they know that this type of metal is not for the faint hearted. Anyone looking for guitar virtuosos should look elsewhere for their fix, this is pure metal to bang your head too until you can't bang no more. This is music to mosh pit to until someone walks away with a bloody nose and a battered face. TMDC provide an excellent outlet for all your anger and emotion. However, despite all this attempt as freshness, there is nothing new from the death metal genre to be gained here, and whilst it is all brilliant work, you have probably heard most of it before.

In conclusion, The Monolith Deathcult have produced an album that is both heavy and light hearted, they understand that death metal ain't getting any heavier and they don't try to achieve that. Instead they sit on the fringe of supreme heaviness, throw in a keyboardist and a spoon full of comedy. This album is full of cliches, catchy riffs, intense drumming and crazy album titles. Yet it is something that this genre needs, because sometimes death metal needs to lighten up. Listen to with caution, because if you're not careful your ears may fall off and you will no longer be able to hear music.



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Hoppoman
May 9th 2013


656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Originally posted here. http://meltingalbumreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/the-monolith-deathcult-tetragrammaton/

YoYoMancuso
May 9th 2013


11224 Comments


nice review man

Hoppoman
May 9th 2013


656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you Sir, tis good stuff.

Pestiferous
May 9th 2013


1343 Comments


bland

SubtleBody
May 9th 2013


519 Comments


I don't know if I like this, but I'll check it out. Haven't listened to this band before.

Ovrot
May 10th 2013


10554 Comments


was pretty cool
Triumvirate is better

DropdeadWHA
May 11th 2013


728 Comments


Not a fan of the first paragraph but it's a solid review. I don't think I'll check this out, though.

Hoppoman
May 11th 2013


656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It is more or less a useless paragraph I admit.

XfingTheSullen
May 13th 2013


2831 Comments


I'm definitely gonna check it out. Triumvirate was great.

MosesMalone
May 13th 2013


1836 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm all for humor in death metal, and being different, and all that, but I found that all of the little tongue-in-cheek parts, especially the robo-vocals, really distracted from the overall quality of the album. Which is a shame; I like the mix of EDM and tech-death with those super burpy growls. But the worst thing ever is when a metal band namedrops themselves in a song.

XfingTheSullen
May 13th 2013


2831 Comments


Come on. Crotchduster do that all the time on their album.

TheNotrap
May 15th 2013


8132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice arrangements but the songwriting isn't top notch.

Digging: Funebrarum - The Sleep of Morbid Dreams

YUJOS
May 24th 2013


954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Now I got an idea how Ministry would sound if they played death metal.

Digging: Skaphe - Skphe

mindleviticus
August 10th 2013


8331 Comments


this is good. i'm liking trivmvirate a bit more but this is still decent

ericu03
August 25th 2013


183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never tired listening to this. thought of making a review, but you pretty much nailed it. Pos'd

mindleviticus
August 25th 2013


8331 Comments


trivmvirate fills me with so much more than this one, but this one's still alright

ericu03
August 25th 2013


183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, that one's really good. but this really grew on me. Gods Amongst Insects is a killer track.

mindleviticus
August 25th 2013


8331 Comments


to put it in perspective, I gave Trivmvirate a 4.5 and this a 2.5 :p

ericu03
August 25th 2013


183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha, im okay with your rating though.



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