The Monolith Deathcult [Netherlands]
Season of Mist
Industrial Death Metal
My fascination with The Monolith Deathcult began with the introduction to their 2008 album Trivmvirate, with this being one of the first death metal albums that I listened to that fused elements of industrial and electronic with extreme metal to create a unique effect. But being impatient at finding more music to listen to back then, The Monolith Deathcult was quickly brushed aside after that, and in a blink of an eye 5 years have passed, and Tetragrammaton is their fourth full length release.
The album quickly reminded me how the interest in the band began, with Tetragrammaton setting a rather sci-fi tone right from the start of, and throughout the album with the various techniques that The Monolith Deathcult has clearly used. With each of the previous releases seeing the band presenting slight alterations to their sound, this was once again displayed on Tetragrammaton. Opening track Gods Among Insects quickly throw the listener into a myriad of brutal riffs and the blistering speed of the drums, and one is quickly reminded of such bands as Nile and Hour of Penance with the technicality and complexity of the music, along with the sheer intensity that is in the music.
Combined with that slight symphonic elements that are utilised by the band, one can’t help but be reminded of Fleshgod Apocalypse‘s Agony, complete with that cutting edge, modern production that is on Tetragrammaton. The similarities do not stop here, with the band often contrast brutality with melody, as the soaring lead guitar lines that are on songs like Gods Among Insects also see the band displaying their more melodic and emotional side. The various techniques such as the transition between Gods Among Insects and Human Wave Attack also display a nod towards Fleshgod‘s later works.
Of course, that is not all there is to the band’s music, as they have certainly not left out the industrial elements that have made their music stand out to me in the first place. The band constantly breaks down into softer moments, and these see the band bringing in some slight electronic elements, not unlike bands such as The Project Hate. And these more industrial moments are often used to reinforce the atmosphere in the music, like on Human Wave Attack, adding a nice touch to the music as well. To spice up the listening experience the band even includes some tribal moments like on Drugs, Thugs & Machetes, sound like Roots-era Sepultura gone industrial-death.
Sound samples and spoken samples also play quite a large role throughout the album in keeping that high tension that is present in the air. Towards the end of the album, the band even uses this to show a lighter hearted side of themselves, after the silence that follows album closer Aslimu!!!, with the numerous out-takes of the pronunciation of the album title.