The Monolith Deathcult has shared a new official lyric video ‘Dawn of The Planet of The Ashes’, complete with awesome throwback artwork with a Planet of The Apes theme. The track comes from their forthcoming new album, V2 – Vergelding, on November 30th via Human Detonator Records. The new album is the second in a trilogy that began with Versvs in 2017. Continue reading
The Monolith Deathcult make me despair for the state of modern Metal. Not by the very fact of their existence, Steel Panther-style, but because they’re nowhere near as well-regarded as they should be. With Triumvirate (Twilight Vertrieb) and Tetragrammaton (Season of Mist) they’re responsible for two of the most distinctive, perfectly-formed and blackly comic Death Metal albums of the last decade. Both shocking and funny in a truly unique way, they blend brutal Death Metal, enormous grooves, dance music and Transformers samples into two albums that, in a just world, would be regarded as modern classics, which makes writing this review an unpleasant task, because Bloodcvlts (Season Of Mist), I’m truly sorry to say, is nowhere near that good.
Initially it appears that their sense of irreverence and lack of respect for tradition is right to the front with Bloodcvlts, an 8 track “EP” lasting over forty minutes, but it quickly becomes clear that the designation isn’t just two fingers to the conventions of the music business. Despite its length, Bloodcvlts is emphatically not a new TMDC album, and it proves itself disappointingly lacking in the things that would make that such an exciting prospect, including precisely that irreverence and humour.
There’s little significantly wrong with Bloodcvlts. ‘I Conquistador’ is relatively weak, and the final two tracks are de-Metalled reworkings of previously released songs (and not terrible for it, though perhaps a little pointless), but the rest is perfectly entertaining symphonic/industrialised Death Metal with some catchy moments. Their knack for combining both groove and violence is still there, but divorced from the dark humour, bold experimentation and the sense of whole-album dramatics that make Triumvirate and Tetragrammaton so special, they count for considerably less than they used to.
Bloodcvlts, then, is a perfectly enjoyable release which is nevertheless resoundingly disappointing. It’s like going to Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant and being served steak and chips – there’s nothing wrong with it, but because you were expecting something distinctive and bold you can’t help but be disappointed.
Every month Ghost Cult polls our awesome staff of writers worldwide to see what they are listening to at the moment. Sometimes it’s the latest underground album, and sometimes it’s an old favorite. Sometimes the music isn’t even metal, and that’s okay too. You can always find the Top Five list in our digital magazine, up front near the table of contents. This month mysteriously initialed scribe Richie H-R shares with us what he is listening to right now.
Stargazer – A Great Work Of Ages
Something I managed to miss completely when it first came out, but have recently discovered due to Profound Lore’s Bandcamp page. A genuinely distinctive, adventurous mix of Progressive Black, Death and traditional Heavy Metal which references a number of classic bands while always managing to sound like itself. A real undiscovered gem.
Castle – Under Siege
A band I’d never heard of before picking the album up for review this month, but it’s hardly left my headphones since then. A powerful, emotionally resonant blend of Doom and Classic Heavy Metal (with maybe a touch of that “Occult Rock” thing that’s been getting stale recently, but with none of the negative associations), Castle pull of that difficult trick of sounding “mature” and serious without losing any of the things that make them so Metal. Genuine understated class.
The Monolith Deathcult – Tetragrammaton
If Psalm 69 era Ministry were a Death Metal band obsessed in equal parts with genocide, religious extremism and Transformers, they’d probably sound a fair bit like this. And be incredible. Like Castle, TMD also pull off a very rare trick – this time balancing genuine Metal power with an actual sense of humour and self-awareness without seeming “ironic” or flippant. Also guest vocals from Optimus Prime, which would make even a bad album worth hearing.
The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer
Unlike some of my other choices, this is an album I’ve come to already loving the band, and has required a bit of work to “get”. Not quite as instantly diverse or dramatic as their previous albums, The Old Believer (Profound Lore) shows a rounded, more integrated approach to composition which is less showy but leaves greater room for expansive, emotive song-writing. A slow builder, but one which I anticipate being worth the wait.
Morbus Chron – Sweven
Despite all the praise heaped on it, I didn’t really get on that well with Morbus Chron’s debut – it’s hard to see the appeal of straight-up Autopsy worship when the originals are still around and doing it better than anyone. Sweven, however, has won me over by imaging what Autopsy could have sounded like if they’d have taken a completely different route after Mental Funeral, ditching the distortion, dirtiness and violence they focused on with Acts for a more progressive, melodic, even psychedelic approach to horror. Vivid, powerful and genuinely distinctive, one of the real highlights of the year.
Since their inception back in 2002 Dutch death metal outfit The Monolith Deathcult (TMDC) stunned the extreme metal community with their highly original musical approach and their off-beat sense of humor. With Tetragrammaton, the band’s latest album, they pushed the envelope once again. Enough reason for Kaat van Doremalen to have a little chat with the gents at Graspop Metal Meeting.. Continue reading
A little research indicates that “Tetragrammaton” is a four-letter transliteration meaning “God” essentially. So for Dutch entity The Monolith Deathcult (TMDC from here on in) to name their latest hour of death metal destruction after such a concept must mean the content within spreads it influence over all creation. While perhaps not as omnipotent as “god”, Tetragrammaton is worthy of a certain degree of reverence. Continue reading