Label: Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions – AO-109 MMXX
Format: Digipak CD
Released: 30 January 2020
Style: Black Metal/Post-Black Metal
Monolithe is a dramatic, unique band which perfectly melds the power of melodic guttural-driven doom with more graceful, airy passages that often consistent of cleaner guitars plucking along as they ebb and flow forth from the more distorted chord passages and endlessly beautiful multi-tier harmonies, some of which are more traditional for metal but others almost serve like an ambient, cloudy layer that hovers above it all. There are a few freeform, jazzy influences wrought through the saxophone, but the whole record feels like these repeated rays of lights piercing a foggy, hazy firmament, like a more metallic parallel to some of Pink Floyd’s mellow, atmospheric 80s material. There’s a near constant sense of elevation through some of the tunes, like “Ignite the Heavens (Part 1)”, where it gives the listener the impression he or she has escaped gravity and is floating upwards, floor by floor parallel to some high rise building. It’s a bit spotty and messy, especially how the transitions are clipped between certain tracks, but when you’re actually embraced in the midst of one of this band’s songs there is simply no denying the dazzling array they cast between fits of hope and melancholy. Recommended for fans of Skepticism, Remembrance, Mournful Congregation, Void Of Silence.