Over a course of 10 years, MONOLITHE has released 4 one-track full length albums, 2 Eps and 1 compilation, all of them being part of the same universe, the same story. « The Great Clockmaker » saga is now complete, fulfilled. Consequently, MONOLITHE, such as it has been known, is no more.
MONOLITHE has always been a morphing creature, though. Now is the time to really move on. Adapt or, artistically, die. The time has come for more radical changes. And here are some of the more substantial ones.
1 - MONOLITHE welcomes 3 new members in its ship.The new line-up consists in:
Richard Loudin (vocals) Sylvain Bégot (guitars) Benoît Blin (guitars) Vincent Rémon (bass - also plays in Devianz) Matthieu Marchand (keyboards - also plays in Abstrusa Unde & Parad1gm) Jérôme Lachaud (drums - also plays in Eibon)
2 - MONOLITHE plans to hit the studio in February 2015. The band is willing to create a diptych (which means TWO new albums, recorded together and related to each other). These records will not be one-track albums. No release date has been fixed so far but there’s hope for a late 2015 / early 2016 delivery for, at least, the first of the two. Some changes have to be expected in the music too.
3 - Even though it has been said many times that it would never happen, MONOLITHE is planning to perform live during the year 2016 in carefully chosen places, in order to celebrate its 15 years of existence. The band will be ready to play from january 2016 on. Promoters, feel free to contact the band anytime.
Featuring the band’s previously internet-only released two EPs - 2007’s “Interlude Premier” and 2012’s “Interlude Second” - for the first time on CD, “Zero” will allow many MONOLITHEfollowers to listen to those songs for the first time, as well as two cover songs, one of them never having been released before. Originally released in two sections, “Interlude Second” ‘s song “Harmony Of Null Matter” is delivered in its full, uninterrupted 36 minutes version.
The entire track list has been remastered and wrapped-up in fantastic new artwork by visual master Robert Høyem.
From the harsh, heavy, almost brutal atmospheres of “Monolithic Pillars” to the eerie, ethereal and spacey experimentalism of “Harmony Of Null Matter”, “Zero” is a new, not-to-be-missed, 65-minute ticket to the cosmic mind trip the band’s music usually provides.
Doom of a New Age. Ambitious and presumptive, MONOLITHE’s sophomore album subjects the listener to one non-stop monstrous oppressive, almost scary, doom metal music, like a sharp dark pain applied to an open wound for 50 minutes in a row.
“Monolithe II” allows itself to be more melodic at the beginning to suck the unsuspecting listener into its suffocating vortex. On the later stages, monumental melodic riffs intermingle with dissonant parts intended to mess up all comprehending senses.
Find time to be alone for an hour. Disassociate yourself from everything else, your joys, fears, worries and ordinary emotions. Then… Immerse.