Songs to leave you hanging. If you do it right you can listen to the whole album while dangling before you suffocate, but there is not really much point because there is nothing new to discover on later songs, so go ahead and kick the chair out and snap your neck.

Another one man Burzum clone, Necronoclast brings suicidal black metal to Scotland, beyond that nothing too earthshaking. Monument was self released in 2006 and is here getting the re-release treatment from Moribund Cult. The album has been remastered and will feature a bonus track “The Cold Dread”, recorded during the sessions for “The Plague”. New cover art by Gabriel Byrne and a new logo by Christophe Szpajdel are on display and definitely add to the presentation.

This is slow sloppy doom guitars with a somber tone; with slow plodding drum beats with occasional blastbeats just because the drum machine can do it. Harsh black vocals typical for depressive black are mostly incomprehensible, as one would expect. There are occasional very deep rumbling growls. Emphasis is placed on slow and heavy but there are some tempo changes to be heard. Minimal notes with maximal distortion is the rule with plenty of clean guitar as well. Songs are on the longer side and there are some majestic moments. You might hope that longer songs would leave plenty of room for the development of ideas, but there does not seem to be any (development or ideas).

This is good background music for monotonous slow paced work like masonry. Take note of “Severance” which is somber but well collected forward flowing music that is pleasing to the ear. If the point is to get you to off yourself I don’t think his success rate is very high.

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Written by Grimulfr
May 24th, 2008


  1. Commented by: swampthang

    usually moribund signs cool bands i just dunno about this. there trying to cash in cuz seriously this stuff is sooooo radio friendly its embarassing foreal

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