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Monolithe - Monolithe II - 2005 - Candlelight Records

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1. Monolithe II
Well to be perfectly honest about it, I just don't know when I would ever sit down and play this. Sure, it sounds fashionable and it seems like a real spacey journey, but let's just call a spade a spade. When are you honestly going to sit down and play fifty plus minutes of trance music with very little variation or identity? Monolithe is upon us again, this time with a follow-up to their 2003 debut "Monolithe I". This time around we get one song clocking in at close to an hour, with no stopping and no seperate tracks. Edge Of Sanity did it, Opeth did it, and now Monolithe is trying their hand at it.

This is going to appeal to fans of My Dying Bride, Anathema, Grief, and Morgion. The band have smooth, slow paced riffs that built to a creepy crawly rhythm that does little in the way of keeping me awake. For the more progressive and doomy minded fans out there, Monolithe just might be the cure to their cancer. For me, I need a bit more shake, rattle, and roll.

Bottom Line - Doom metal for the most hardcore enthusiast. This is not your stoner rock type of staple, with more weeping, slow paced agendas in place.


--EC 08.10.05

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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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