In a moment of spontaneous surprise, Japan's post-rock band Mono has announced that not only will there be a new album this year, but two companion albums will be released on the same day. The Last Dawn, and Rays Of Darkness are the two new albums from the group, which have several release dates that go from Europe (October 24th), the UK (October 27th), North America (October 28th) and Japan (November 5th). Enjoy "Where We Begin" now from The Last Dawn and check out the cover artworks.








Artwork by Pat Perry


Album descriptions: "The Last Dawn is the first of these two companion albums, and is the 'lighter' of the two, thematically and melodically. It contains undoubtedly some of Mono's strongest songs ever, drawing on an array of influences from minimalist film score to vintage shoegaze. It is Mono at their absolute purest, executing an uncanny, unspoken dialogue with each other without the dozens of stringed instruments that have been so prominent throughout their catalog in recent years."

"Rays Of Darkness is the first Mono album in 15 years to feature no orchestral instruments whatsoever. That fact alone is remarkable given the band's reputation for sweeping, dramatic instrumentals that recall Oscar-worthy film scores. Instead, Rays Of Darkness more closely resembles a jet engine taking off inside a small, crowded auditorium. It is Mono's blackest album ever, a collection of scorched riffs, doom rhythms, and an unexpected contribution from post-hardcore pioneer Tetsu Fukagawa of Envy."


Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Mono
 
Posted: 03.09.2014 by Red_Travis



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Mr. Doctor - 04.09.2014 at 09:27  
Aw yes.... YES. I like this idea so damn much. I love their last couple of albums but I missed so much the rawer approach when it was just the band and not an orchestra in the background.
Draugen - 04.09.2014 at 15:05  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 04.09.2014 at 09:27

I love their last couple of albums but I missed so much the rawer approach when it was just the band and not an orchestra in the background.


Same here. That description of the second album sounds incredibly promising.
BloodTears - 04.09.2014 at 17:38  
Apart from the lovely new song, what I love about this is how the albums covers intertwine, you know. It's all part of the same design and it fits when you look at it. Looks beautiful.

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