Release date: 2 January 2012
Style: Doom metal

Rating:

8.1 | 42 votes

Owners:

23 have it
9 want it


01. Harmony Of Null Matter - Section 1
02. Harmony Of Null Matter - Section 2

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (2)


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Digital file avalaible for free download the band's Bandcamp.

Staff review by
!J.O.O.E.!

Rating:
N/A
What a fascinating entity Monolithe have become. This recently emerged EP has perhaps brought them closer to the mystery that their name and artwork has always hinted at, that of the glorious existential imaginings of 2001: A Space Odyssey, than their (admittedly excellent) funeral doom incarnations of Monolithe I and Monolithe II. In fact it's safe to say they've exited the realms of doom altogether and transferred dimensions to a plateau of relatively structure-free mechanised, if not industrialised, landscaping.

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published 14.03.2012 | Comments (82)

Guest review by
InnerSelf

Rating:
8.9
Those of you familiar with 2001: A Space Odyssey know what the Monolith stands for, an unearthly messenger that saved the man-ape from extinction and taught him how to hunt and survive in a barren desiccated land. Its appearance was the fictional point in history when we, humans, truly exited from the most primeval and undeveloped version of us. Monolithe assume the role of this beacon of enlightenment, taking us in a journey far beyond in space towards cosmic realms no man ever dreamed of reaching

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published 16.04.2012 | Comments (3)

Staff pick by
!J.O.O.E.!

14.03.2012 This is every fleeting dream you have ever had about alien worlds, every alternate dimension where 2 + 2 = 3 and where colours exist that cannot be comprehended within the limited scope of the human brain. This is something you haven't heard before.



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Troy Killjoy - 05.01.2012 at 09:00  
  Anyone else hear Esoteric?
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.01.2012 at 13:44  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 05.01.2012 at 09:00

Anyone else hear Esoteric?

I heard Godlflesh.
Mr. Doctor - 05.01.2012 at 13:53  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.01.2012 at 13:44

Written by Troy Killjoy on 05.01.2012 at 09:00

Anyone else hear Esoteric?

I heard Godlflesh.


I hear nothing.... I REALLY need to check this band out (yeah, haven't heard anything yet, I suck...)
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.01.2012 at 14:00  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.01.2012 at 13:53



I hear nothing.... I REALLY need to check this band out (yeah, haven't heard anything yet, I suck...)

Get on it biznatch. I might have been wrong with the Godflesh analogy. It was on quite quiet so I couldn't hear it as well as I'd have liked but the drums and the repetitive, overlapping riffs bludgeoned like a Godflesh release to me.
Mr. Doctor - 05.01.2012 at 14:27  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.01.2012 at 14:00

Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.01.2012 at 13:53

I hear nothing.... I REALLY need to check this band out (yeah, haven't heard anything yet, I suck...)

Get on it biznatch. I might have been wrong with the Godflesh analogy. It was on quite quiet so I couldn't hear it as well as I'd have liked but the drums and the repetitive, overlapping riffs bludgeoned like a Godflesh release to me.


Well, the overall discography seems intriguing to me. Glad that some nice guy put the entire debut on youtube. Gonnan check them out today. (and I'm serious serious.... not Troy-serious).
Also judging by the cover, bandname and overall theme of the lyrics of their releases... This guys must really love 2001 I like that.
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.01.2012 at 14:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.01.2012 at 14:27


Well, the overall discography seems intriguing to me. Glad that some nice guy put the entire debut on youtube. Gonnan check them out today. (and I'm serious serious.... not Troy-serious).
Also judging by the cover, bandname and overall theme of the lyrics of their releases... This guys must really love 2001 I like that.

Yep, the whole 2001 makes me like them before I've heard whatever release they have out. There should be more 2001 themed bands, as long as their music is as mysterious as the film of course.
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.01.2012 at 16:12  
Rating: 9 No wonder I'm getting an industrial vibe from this, they use programmed drums.

The first great record of 2012.
InnerSelf - 05.01.2012 at 18:37  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.01.2012 at 13:44

Written by Troy Killjoy on 05.01.2012 at 09:00

Anyone else hear Esoteric?

I heard Godlflesh.


Monolithe II was basically Funeral Doom, is this a total change of style ?
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.01.2012 at 18:41  
Rating: 9
Written by InnerSelf on 05.01.2012 at 18:37


Monolithe II was basically Funeral Doom, is this a total change of style ?

Yep. No funeral doom here in my opinion, not even sure I'd call it doom ;]
7thSlave - 06.01.2012 at 22:49  
Rating: 8 This is a devastating EP. Whoever it sounds like, it doesn't matter: it crushes souls. Very good.
Edmund Fogg - 14.01.2012 at 05:15  
  I have a review ready. Me wants to post it. Boo rules!
InnerSelf - 03.02.2012 at 00:05  
Rating: 9 What a brilliant little piece of music, space metal ftw !
Kenos - 08.02.2012 at 12:43  
  Seriously good stuff... Eerie and doomy BlutAusNordic metal, whatever that means.
InnerSelf - 08.02.2012 at 13:32  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 08.02.2012 at 12:43

Eerie and doomy BlutAusNordic metal


Spot on
Mr. Doctor - 08.02.2012 at 13:38  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 08.02.2012 at 12:43
Eerie and doomy BlutAusNordic metal, whatever that means.


Yeah, I can see some "Blut Aus Nord meets doom metal" vibe going on here.
Susan - 12.02.2012 at 18:57  
  Driving yet highly atmospheric. LOVE IT.
Mr. Doctor - 12.02.2012 at 19:21  
Rating: 9 Released on 2 January, this is definitely the first great album of 2012
InnerSelf - 04.03.2012 at 22:51  
Rating: 9 I might try and make this my first review here, but this is just an idea for now
Mr. Doctor - 04.03.2012 at 22:57  
Rating: 9
Written by InnerSelf on 04.03.2012 at 22:51

I might try and make this my first review here, but this is just an idea for now


So you're going to write a negative review I suppose, right?
InnerSelf - 04.03.2012 at 23:06  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 04.03.2012 at 22:57

Written by InnerSelf on 04.03.2012 at 22:51

I might try and make this my first review here, but this is just an idea for now


So you're going to write a negative review I suppose, right?


Yeah and score it with a 9
Mr. Doctor - 04.03.2012 at 23:10  
Rating: 9
Written by InnerSelf on 04.03.2012 at 23:06
Yeah and score it with a 9


Hahahaha, nice reference to the rules of metastorm.
InnerSelf - 04.03.2012 at 23:15  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 04.03.2012 at 23:10

the rules of metastorm.


Classic and everlasting
Sonic MrSumo - 15.03.2012 at 04:32  
Rating: 8 I hear Ministry's Scare Crow just a little too much in the first 12 minutes or so of section 1.
Sonic MrSumo - 15.03.2012 at 05:11  
Rating: 8 Having said that...I still think it's pretty darn cool.
S.K.Ø.M - 17.03.2012 at 12:12  
Rating: 9 Its one of the most interesting things I ever heard in a while ...
tea[m]ster - 17.03.2012 at 16:34  
Rating: 7
Written by S.K.Ø.M on 17.03.2012 at 12:12

Its one of the most interesting things I ever heard in a while ...


Holy shit its SKOM!! Been a long time!!!

Dunno if I dig this yet. Needs a few more spins. They went Godflesh on drums; Machines. JK Broadrick made it work, not sure if the sound does here.
Mr. Doctor - 18.03.2012 at 19:50  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 17.03.2012 at 16:34
JK Broadrick made it work, not sure if the sound does here.


The sound of the drums is what trully defines this EP. Totally nailed the style to make this piece of album one great trancefest. A human drummer would just ruin this.
BoxCar Willy - 07.06.2012 at 21:23  
  I want to hear this just so I can figure out what "Frone" is.
Mr. Doctor - 07.06.2012 at 22:30  
Rating: 9
Written by BoxCar Willy on 07.06.2012 at 21:23

I want to hear this just so I can figure out what "Frone" is.


The term was explained in the review thread
mz - 18.07.2013 at 22:30  
Rating: 9 One of countless great albums I get familiar with thanks to Joe.
The first track which could be considered a long one finishes without boring me for a second. Despite the fact that it is pretty easy to go through and digestible, I'm having hard time throwing a tag on it. It has some vague industrial guitar work in the background and those machine drum beats which could be considered the main aspect of music. Drone? industrial? experimental?
Mr. Doctor - 19.07.2013 at 12:36  
Rating: 9
Written by mz on 18.07.2013 at 22:30
I'm having hard time throwing a tag on it. It has some vague industrial guitar work in the background and those machine drum beats which could be considered the main aspect of music. Drone? industrial? experimental?

Heh, if you read the review and then some comments you'll see some of us come up with the stupid (but at the same time also fitting) name of "frone" (as in funeral drone).
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.07.2013 at 12:46  
Rating: 9 It's certainly not post-metal
mz - 19.07.2013 at 12:48  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.07.2013 at 12:36

Heh, if you read the review and then some comments you'll see some of us come up with the stupid (but at the same time also fitting) name of "frone" (as in funeral drone).

I guess we can call ourselves "frone head" now since we like this type of music (like prog head or metal head). It has nice tune
moonflash - 16.04.2014 at 13:52  
Rating: 9 My first Monolithe album and my lord, what a brillant record. A massive, galactic scale effort to pay homage to the twisted brillance of Mr. Kubrick and Mr. Clarke.
!J.O.O.E.! - 16.04.2014 at 13:53  
Rating: 9
Written by moonflash on 16.04.2014 at 13:52

My first Monolithe album and my lord, what a brillant record. A massive, galactic scale effort to pay homage to the twisted brillance of Mr. Kubrick and Mr. Clarke.

Unfortunately nothing else the band have done is anything like this. Just very competent (if a little boring these days) funeral doom. They really need to do something like this again.
moonflash - 16.04.2014 at 14:17  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 16.04.2014 at 13:53

Written by moonflash on 16.04.2014 at 13:52

My first Monolithe album and my lord, what a brillant record. A massive, galactic scale effort to pay homage to the twisted brillance of Mr. Kubrick and Mr. Clarke.

Unfortunately nothing else the band have done is anything like this. Just very competent (if a little boring these days) funeral doom. They really need to do something like this again.


I have yet to try out any of their other releases but it really is a shame if they've left this line of experimental/industrial doom! I even heard some progressive elements in track 2. Haven't come across many bands with that particular blend, if any, and the Space Odyssey theme is just the floating cherry on top of the floating cake in zero gravity, which honestly is reason enough to check out everything they've ever put out! :-P

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