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Monarch - Never Forever

Monarch - Never Forever

Label : Profound Lore | Archive under doom metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Marcel H. : Gggggg, krrrrr, squeak, screech, crunch, grind, ssstttt, dragging that millstone across the floor, Aaarrrrrggggghhhhh, scream, whisper, talk, sing, hit, punch, kaboom. Yep, it’s drone time. Monarch commands the art of drone like almost no-one else. But besides playing clearly dron the band also possesses the gift of keeping it all recognizable. One of the highlights are the vocals of Eurogirl that go from whispering to spoken recital, to screaming and screeching, to grunting. Musically, which has to be seen in the broadest definition of the word, the band knows how to keep it interesting by incorporating hooks from time to time. The most ear-catching thing about the album is the song ‘Diamant Noir’ which is a cover of KISS’ ‘Black Diamond’ which only can be recognized as such due to the lyrics. It is a deconstruction of the original and drawn out to nine minutes. I don’t see KISS emulating Monarch’s version.

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