I've always felt that Monuments have been somewhat marginalised. Born from the ashes of Fellsilent which also gave birth to Tesseract with whom, alongside Periphery they toured in the now legendary League of Extraordinary Djentlemen tour of 2010, the band have been at the core of the Djent community from the beginning. Indeed guitarist John Browne makes up one third of the holy trinity of djentleman band leaders, the three guitarists who pioneered the sound to which this website is dedicated, graduating from online demos and experiments to full length releases and full time touring. Sadly, as Periphery was launched to stardom and Misha Mansoor was elevated to the position of guitar god by the greater metal community and while Tesseract have moved on to bigger and bigger things, culminating in this month's Sonisphere performance before an audience of thousands, Monuments have remained fairly obscure.
This was all set to change in 2012 with the release of Gnosis, the band's long awaited début full length. Beset by the bane of our community, the vocalist problem, the album took far longer to complete than fans had hoped but on release was well received. However, despite stand-out tracks like Doxa and The Uncollective, when compared to Tesseract's One and Periphery's self titled début, Gnosis felt unpolished and was clearly made by a band still trying to pin down it's sound.
Now with The Amanuensis Monuments have done it. If Gnosis was exploratory and raw, The Amanuensis is polished and confident. Better production, more fluid song-writing and a fantastic new vocalist have allowed the band to produce a record of which they should be proud.
June 2, 2014
- Bird’s Robe Records (Australia), CODE 7 (UK), Nightmare Records (USA), MBM (Europe)
In the present day and age, Australian heavy music never fails to impress. Or deliver. Or to blow minds. And on June 2nd, 2014, a new chapter opens. This legendary, Perth based outfit have been plying their world class trade since the late nineties, and this is their fifth album. Whilst certainly a big fan of their previous work, nothing could have prepared me for the musical wonder that is V.
I found Atherial through Bandcamp while searching for another band known as The Afterimage. I listened to their demo and was instantly blown away at how different their sound was. Clearly influenced by Meshuggah, Danza, Structures and many other Technical and Mathcore acts. But this band is different from any other one I have listened to.
Great tunes and great vibes. The music is surrounded by a positive vibe, pretty hard to describe but after listening to this music in the morning, you can't simply have a bad/sad day.
One of the cool aspects: the EP is definitely not a Misha-djenty centered release; each song was written by a different member.
It's not just a collective effort, it's also a good way to discover individual talent.
And, guess what? There are a lot of complementary talents here!
Aethere has managed to forge an extremely heavy, well-executed and beautiful mix of Technical Death Metal in the likes of Necrophagist or Beyond Creation and Djent. It feels like a journey, steamrolling down a mountain in the most brutal and relentless vessel one can dream of, crushing everything in its path and crumbling the landscape itself.
Southeast London metallers 'The Last Days Of Mankind' made their way onto the scene early this year and have already left their mark on the technical metal community with a constant update of their creative songs. These updates don't only show something new for them each time, but also something new for the technical metal scene as a whole.
Humanity’s Last Breath can be described as a hybrid of Vildhjarta’s atmospheric riffs, and The Acacia Strain's vocals circa 2006 – which, considering that Vildhjarta is practically the lovechild of Meshuggah and Opeth, is a pretty impressive and rare find.
An abundance of technical riffs, electronic embellishments, and rhythmic syncopation that’s bound to impress any musical being from one aspect or another.
Progressive metal fans are, alas, treated to the release of Australian band Circles' debut album, 'Infinitas'! It’s been a long time coming from the band’s beginnings in 2010 - which saw their 'Prelude' EP quickly find it’s way to the audio devices of many music-loving Melburnians. A few more releases, international tours; and we have ourselves a set of tunes that are well-worth the wait.
Let me be clear about this, this band is almost out of the system. Their Facebook page is cancelled, no website and just this EP on Bandcamp. Yes, they are hard to come by, but when I found this, sometime at the end of January 2013, I was completely blown away. At the time, I was relatively new to the Djent scene, knowing just a couple of bands, Periphery and Corelia among them and even now, after months of digging for new bands, they still sound incredible.