"2012 and 2013 have been very busy years for MONOLITHE, as the band woke up from quite a long sleep and released as much as one EP, two full-length albums and reissued its debut record during that time. The band’s journey is not yet over, t…hough, as two others reissues are set for 2014: MONOLITHE II (second album, previously released in 2005) and MONOLITHE ZERO (compilation featuring MONOLITHE's two EPs, never released on CD before, and two cover songs, one of them never released before). I guess that will just be a matter of months before they're out, all pimped up in fantastic new artwork and better mastering.
MONOLITHE III and MONOLITHE IV have been highly praised both by critics and audience; the band would like to thank everyone that has supported us in one way or another. Thank you guys. It’s really cool to see that there as still people out there willing to spend some of their time into listening to albums needing time and attention to be understood and enjoyed, just like it used to be once upon a time…
Special thanks to Debemur Morti for their great support and friendship. Nothing new from the band would have seen the light of the day without them.
Well, happy new year then!”
On behalf of the MONOLITHE camp,
MONOLITHE IV has been critically acclaimed! Here is another glimpse of what has been said about the album.
METAL JERKY (9,5/10)
”(…)”Monolithe IV” is overall nothing short of a powerful depressive doom metal release. Every aspect of it is not only done right, but it is done better than many other bands of the same caliber. Any fans of the genre are highly recommended to this album, and it may even serve well as a gateway album for doom metal newcomers if they have the patience for its length. This is funeral/death-doom at some of its finest, and this is truly an album where you should get lost, but in a good way.”
”(…) Like some colossal vessel obscuring all light from neighbouring galaxies, such is the dirging, monumental passage of every Monolithe album.”
“(…) Music of the spheres played for a noble, giant humanoid race.”
”(…) it never loses its grip, its magic, bestowing waves of harrowing frequencies upon the listener’s senses, engulfing even the last cynic out there in an envelope of warmth, mystery and visions of transcendence.”
“(…) This massive work of beauty and darkness should be listened to, and experienced, by anyone who remotely appreciates both Funeral and Death Doom Metal. No heart, no soul, no flesh, shall be unscathed by ‘IV’. “
”(…)As a truly unique experience, this 57 minute behemoth of a release is just outstanding.”
“(…) we do have to say that you will not find anything like this in 2013. If you haven’t heard of Monolithe before, waste no time and get yourself a copy of this monumental release.”
BRING ON THE METAL
”(…) the writing is quite frankly phenomenal as are the performances, with every instrument playing off of one another perfectly.”
“(…) “Monolithe IV” proves to be one of the most satisfying challenges in a long time, as the slow moments build to create powerful unleashes of emotion, like some type of heartfelt time bomb.
MEAT MEAD METAL
“(…) IV” offers a titanic finale in a way that would be worthy of a giant, legendary big-screen blockbuster of old when you’d leave a theater stunned, amazed, and totally fulfilled.”
”(…) IV for sure is a wonderful sonic experience with a nice dose on variation”
“(…) this fourth Monolithe-epos is, again, a must for every fan of melodic Abyssal Funeral Doom. Not a possibility, but a must, a necessity, an evidence!”
”(…) Beethoven wasn’t bad. Monolithe is transcendent.”
“(…) No band in history has accomplished such a living, breathing, ever-evolving masterwork”
”(…)It’s a distinctive release from Monolithe, and it solidifies their individual development as a band beyond the confines of the doom genre. Monolithe is best described as sounding monolithic here, but make no mistake, it is not as if this is a more static, unchanging display - but you must look much deeper then before to uncover what makes this album their most mature and refined work yet.”
MONOLITHE II - original 2005 release.
The label that has released it (Candlelight Records) is still selling it digitally. A few CD copies are still sold in online stores. The band NEVER got ANY royalty on it. Please DON’T BUY IT (CD or Digital file).
Completists : plz wait for the reissue (new mastering + stellar new artwork + the band being respected).
3 MONOLITHE albums are still streaming in their entirety on Bandcamp.
Feel free to listen, share and possibly buy.
CDs can be bought at DEBEMUR MORTI PRODUCTIONS’ WEBSHOP
Release : October 2013
Length : 57’00 minutes
Label : Debemur Morti Productions
01.Monolithe IV (57’00)
Produced and recorded in February/May 2013 at Red Reed Studio by Sylvain Bégot.
Mixed and mastered in June 2013 at Hybreed Studio by Andrew Guillotin.
Sylvain Bégot (Guitars, Bass, Keyboards & Devices)
Benoît Blin (Guitars & Bass)
Richard Loudin (Vocals)
Sébastien Latour (Additional keyboards & Orchestration)
Female choirs performed by Emma Elvaston
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