Post rock epicness from a band that has never lowered its musical standards and kept alive its very own tradition in the music it produces. No more words are necessary. Their music should be enough.
MONO is a band that could own its own category in music. Every single album by them is a musical journey to the places where they grew up and at times it almost seems that there could be no return. Yet, there is the possibility of the end. Birth, death and everything flowing in between, are their poetic memoirs which, instead of restricting themselves in verses of rhyme, they produce millions of tones awakening their strings, pelts and pedals.
The members claim that every new album is a challenge for them; an endeavor to exceed themselves. I cannot imagine where this aspiration could take them, but with the “Requiem for Hell” they definitely try to surpass their double album of 2012. Whether they manage to do it or not, only time will tell. As for now it seems that this album reminds us of the quality that their “The Last Dawn” album had.
To begin with, they are able to compose a somehow simple song, just like “Ely’s Heartbeat”, which is able to calm your souls down. Then, they act on extensive creations, whose main pattern is repetitive. This kind of repeat doesn’t make the listener feel dizzy or chaotic. On the contrary, the listener anticipates for the following seconds, until these Japanese guys lead him to the peak of the song. When that happens, post rock is turning into an endless shoegazing delirium. While other bands overcome the guitar limits through solos, MONO just need an abundance of pedals and then, their spirits come alive and they aren’t heard like all the others.
Besides the musical wonders that come from the vast depths of their songs, one of their greatest accomplishments in the music they make, is the feeling you get when you listen to them that their songs create a visual sensation as if they are moving pictures, whether it is the image of the air that makes the reeds whistle, or it’s about a love story between two persons somewhere in the mountains of Japan. And here lies the song “The Laste Scene”. This one could be easily connected with the melancholic image of the most beautiful and wildest sunrise. Musically, it could be the ideal epilogue of a whole career, as it happens to be one of the most charming songs they have ever recorded.
As love exists in order to replace loss, and faith to take the place of desperation, MONO exists in order to give birth to a whole microcosm of saturated feelings. “Requiem for Hell” strives for that, where only the paradise of musical wonders lies around. In that place where five songs are capable to transfer you to the grounds of Far East, with a slight dose of British culture.
Requiem for Hell, by MONO (2016)
Genre: Post Rock
Label: Pelagic Records