In Mourning - Monolith review
|Release date:||January 2010|
01. For You To Know
03. The Poet And The Painter Of Souls
04. The Smoke
05. A Shade Of Plague
06. With You Came Silence
07. Pale Eye Revelation
08. The Final Solution (Entering The Black Lodge)
Monolith is a huge freaking disappointment. Not that I was blown away by In Mourning's previous effort but because this is probably the number one album in terms of wasted potential. Seriously, friends, there are soooo many good, smart, catchy and even mind-blowing riffs and leads on this album, which are completely ruined by boring retreats to dragging, recurring, "sentimental" mid-paced melodies. Take track one: what initially sounds like something heavy and bombastic is later ruined by the higher-register-guitar-driven whiny chorus, and then later saved again by a great bridge, and then ruined again... So many times have I found myself banging my head to some great grooves in a particular song only to be pissed off at how the song develops later ("Pale Eye Revelation") or being initially bored and then taken by surprise ("With You Came Silence"). Inconsistency...
The guys from In Mourning do try to make things not so straight (aka "progressive"), but then they often make songs drag just too much. They remind me of Opeth ("The Smoke" sounds like something you would hear on Deliverance), but they just don't know how to make the "complexity" work yet, at least not always. My dissatisfaction is not essentially with the songs being too long but with this duration being filled with some stock stuff, which is the problem I found with Be'lakor's latest album (also highly praised). I also get the "I-heard-it-before" feeling a few times on the album but who is immune to Dark Tranquility's influences after all?
Of course I can't say that these guys suck as there is definitely a lot of potential and talent in them, as well as ability in songwriting, and this album proves it. With this said, there is still plenty of room to make this record better. There are no problems with the mix on Monolith or with the members' command of their instruments or even with their ideas. My only plea to these guys would be to implement those ideas into songs that wouldn't lose momentum and maintain diversity. I wish In Mourning all the best and I do expect to hear some great, more consistent material from them in future.
|Progressive Melodic Death metal
Recorded: Black Lounge Studio, Sweden 2009
Label: Pulverised Records
Total Running Time: 57:04
Here we have an album that will undoubtedly make it to a lot of end of year lists. And when I say a lot, I actually mean a lot. Mark my words.
Lately I'm not too much into either prog or melodeath. But this may well be one of the best progressive melodic death metal albums I've heard in, oh I don't know, ever. The brutal truth is that In Mourning knocked the ball right out of the park with this one. Seriously, this album rocks so fucking hard I can't even begin to tell you.
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