Monolord
No Comfort


3.8
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
September 20th, 2019 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Adding some mournful doom metal aesthetics to the mix...

Monolord have been steadily ascending in popularity since their debut LP saw the light of day. As a result, the rewards have gotten bigger with each passing year. The Swedish doom trio caught Relapse Records’ attention, thus adding them to their roster. 2017’s Rust already portrayed a more polished side of theirs, resulting in clearer tones and less reverb-soaked vocals. I don’t think people expected a return to the grittier production their first couple of records shared, so No Comfort shouldn’t surprise any fans.

Musically, the band’s latest affair delivers the bludgeoning riffs we’ve all come to expect from them, while taking some interesting detours too. Opener, ‘The Bastard Son’ assures everyone they’ve still got it, featuring trudging, fuzz-drenched progressions. Although familiar to the ears, this is a rather slow start for the album, as the tune doesn’t bring anything new to the table and isn’t the catchiest either. Luckily, ‘The Last Leaf’ unlocks the gate towards a richer sonic experience. The straightforward blend of melodic vocals and massive, chunky chords nicely complement each other. The mournful guitar solo at the end augments the song’s impact and beautifully paves the way for another highlight, ‘Larvae’. A soothing acoustic interlude starts the latter (akin to Iommi’s solo ditties on early Black Sabbath LPs), before plunging into a melancholic section complete with funeral-esque guitar leads. Despite remaining as clear as on Rust, Thomas Jäger’s vocal delivery has improved. Halfway, we’re introduced to some darker riffs amidst verses and choruses, whereas the coda is crushingly heavy (reminiscing the excellent pace change on Vaenir’s ‘We Will Burn’). Meanwhile, ‘Alone Together’ brings further diversity, leaving the wall of distortion aside to focus on clean interplay. This side of Monolord is still a work in progress, however, it’s great to see them expanding and trying new things. The epic title track closes No Comfort with another blend of guitar melodies in between pummeling riffage. You can call it a nice conclusion to this bittersweet journey the guys have taken us on. There are several build-ups, the tormenting atmosphere is compelling and the instruments sound really powerful when needed to. What helps as well is the length of the album; kept right under 50 minutes, this is just about enough to satisfy everyone before becoming too demanding.

Overall, No Comfort opens new doors for Monolord, who began to toy with acoustic and more melodic, elegiac elements from the doom metal sphere. We can also observe there has been more emphasis on production, due probably to a deserving bigger budget. There are aspects left to improve and traps to avoid (the Black Sabbath worship main riff in ‘Skywards’ is already a curse for stoner/doom acts, but at least the band refrained from using the same pile driving drum pattern over it all the way through), yet the Swedish trio has all the potential needed to push forward and record even stronger material.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2019


5705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

I was worried it would be less interesting than previous records ('The Bastard Son' is a bit lazy tbh), but the album is better than expected.



'The Last Leaf' (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcRT_bFaz_0

Stream/buy here - http://monolord.bandcamp.com/album/no-comfort

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCj1p6kgItU

Digging: Coheed and Cambria - Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind

Dedes
September 20th 2019


8802 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heard Vaenir a hot minute back and it ruled.

Will check soon btw nice review my dude

Trundle
September 21st 2019


3787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is very solid

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2019


5705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks! I love Vaenir. The production is cleaner here and the songs are a bit more melodic, depends on your taste.

dbizzles
September 21st 2019


15001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

less fuzzy marijannah



nice

Azog
September 21st 2019


813 Comments


You just gotta love this.

DDDeftoneDDD
September 21st 2019


20413 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

on this...you guys should check (and rev if possible) the new Slomatics if you like this vibe

Digging: In Aphelion - Moribund

dwightfryed
September 21st 2019


123 Comments


Rust was aiight. Not my bag, but good job on the review.

Lichtbringer
September 21st 2019


727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Quite enjoying this.

SharkTooth
September 22nd 2019


14674 Comments


a new monolord?

sweet

Digging: Nucleus - Alleycat

Azog
September 22nd 2019


813 Comments


Once again, the Monolord guys have upped their game.

This just may become my favorite doom record of the year.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2019


5705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Yeah, the new Slomatics is good.

farmerobama
September 23rd 2019


470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was a bit dissapointed with Rust, but this fucking slays again. Larvae is probably one of their best songs.

Lichtbringer
September 25th 2019


727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

“Larvae” is amazing, but what’s up with that tacked on heavy riff at the end? So unnecessary.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2019


5705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

It sounds cool tho

Lichtbringer
September 27th 2019


727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It’s about as basic as they come.

Hatework
October 1st 2019


228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"what's up with that awesome and absolutely necessary heavy riff at the end?"



FTFY

KjSwantko
October 1st 2019


12074 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wtf tuning are they in lol - damn.

hangth3dj
October 30th 2021


449 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoyed this, will check their freshest release ASAP.

Jurtz
July 2nd 2022


69 Comments


KjSwantko they play in B standard.



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