No Fealty
In the Shadow of the Monolith


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andy H. B. USER (26 Reviews)
September 11th, 2013 | 29 replies | 1,828 views


Release Date: 08/09/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mauls you like a lion, tramples you like an elephant, submerges you like a hippo and overruns you like a cheetah. It's like the Safari of Pain.

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

The crux of No Fealty, a hardcore band from the bowels of Copenhagen, Denmark, is that they play raging music. Since this may seem a tad vague, let's clear up a few things; this doesn't mean the type of thud caused by jacking the bass up on the sub-woofers a couple of notches, this doesn't mean the type of crack caused by a jet fighter breaking the sound barrier, this doesn't mean the type of echoing boom-shaka-laka and broo-ha-ha caused by a bomb going off inside a mine shaft. This means an absolutely, positively, excruciatingly brash and brawny thrashing that simultaneously detonates a supernova and then implodes in on itself. This means a crippling concoction of everything that makes hardcore music unforgiving and unleashes it in one B.L.E.V.E. of an apocalyptic lashing. This may mean one's end.

In the Shadow of the Monolith is an album that will make you feel small...very small. From the split second it initiates to the very end of its existence, it builds mountainous walls and then crashes them down, on whatever hapless souls may be foolish enough to venture inside. A curb-stomped debris avalanche of oppressively furious and off-toned (and even strangely melodic at times) riffage and manic percussion topped off by incessantly electrified and gravelly vocals roaring political grievances and various other in-satisfactions is often what is heard, or, to be more precise, endured, throughout the duration of this record. Sparingly, a shot of satisfyingly atmospheric meandering is included to "keep up the guess work", but this is short-lived, as is the duration of In the Shadow of the Monolith, which is almost thankfully kept at a brisk twenty-four minutes. The ears were likely not melded to withstand anymore.

Some shout-outs must be given to bands like Mind Eraser, Ghostlimb, His Hero Is Gone and Torch Runner when listening for influences or partial similarities to No Fealty's sound. However, it would be a disservice to call this cauldron of violence a mimic of any one of these bands (or even all of them together). In the Shadow of the Monolith is truly a different type of aggression, one that has nearly no container able to contain it, one that demolishes most everything left in it's deity-forsaken path, one that must be experienced to be understood. On that note, check this jagged gem of 2013 out, but be prepared to never return.



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ShadowRemains
September 11th 2013



20243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking crush job this thing is

BallsToTheWall
September 11th 2013



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Legendary

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2013



16259 Comments


5/5 no question

Hawks
September 11th 2013



34484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just bought this off their Bandcamp. Great stuff.

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

TheSpirit
September 11th 2013



17171 Comments


motherfucking pos

Digging: Rx Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty

ShadowRemains
September 11th 2013



20243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cheers brethren, now let's drink up and throw bowling balls at cacti

Hawks
September 11th 2013



34484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This, Full of Hell, and Nails have all been great albums this year for this type of hardcore. Still gotta hear the new All Pigs Must Die album.

ShadowRemains
September 11th 2013



20243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

check out hoax - s/t lp

also this is better than nails

Hawks
September 11th 2013



34484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will do. And I agree this is a bit better than Nails, as is Full of Hell.

ShadowRemains
September 11th 2013



20243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also this doesn't really sound like trap them, if i had to really characterize something similar, i'd say maybe mind eraser/torch runner combined with ghostlimb

Relinquished
September 11th 2013



24443 Comments


killer shit no doubt

ShadowRemains
September 11th 2013



20243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you find this on TER wolfe?

Hawks
September 11th 2013



34484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to check out Ghostlimb now that you mention it.

Relinquished
September 11th 2013



24443 Comments


TER?

they played before in stockholm and I met them there

ShadowRemains
September 11th 2013



20243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the elementary revolt

ah, i see, i'd imagine they'd be crazy live

Relinquished
September 11th 2013



24443 Comments


i haven't been on revolt for a long time heh

and they are bro. great for them that they have a good amount of support.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2013



6937 Comments


submerges you like a hippo


Can't see it ever happening, but the line is gold!

Evreaia
September 12th 2013



3953 Comments


art rules

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Hawks
September 12th 2013



34484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules too.

none
September 12th 2013



1100 Comments


it crtnly rapes hobos



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