Title: “Monolithe II”
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 6/28/2005
Genre: Gothic/Doom Metal
While I will admit it can be a tad difficult to review a CD that has too many tracks, the same can be said when the CD includes only one track. That is the case with the group Monolithe and their CD release of “Monolithe II” courtesy of Candlelight Records. The track runs a full 52 minutes and there is limited change in the piece. It is a Doom filled trek across the tune and I enjoyed it to a degree but would have liked to see more changes introduced over the span of the piece. Recently, Meshuggah released “Catch Thirty Three” on the world and it was also one long song. However, Meshuggah made sure to divide this epic into segments and offered more interesting changes. I felt the guys in Monolithe could have served their needs better by doing the same thing. Without suggesting they copy the guys in Meshuggah, I fear that this release as a result will appeal to only a select few people. I agree with some other reviews I observed on this French group that there is a certain vibe in this piece that will appeal to those that enjoy groups like My Dying Bride or Anathema. The group was founded back in 2001 by Sylvain Begot.
The song itself is good and will fill the need of those that want some solid Doom/Death Rock but be aware that with the limited change it can become boring pretty quickly. Try to sample it before you endeavor further.
1. Monolithe II
Official Web site: http://www.monolithe.free.fr