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MONOLITHE – FROM EQUINOX TO SOLSTICE (Live At Beltane) – recenzija / MONOLITHE – FROM EQUINOX TO SOLSTICE (Live at Beltane) – review

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U principu, nerado slušam lajv albume. Nalazim da je bespotrebno u ovoj hiperprodukciji ponavljati gradivo na snimcima koji retko kad mogu da prenesu pravu sliku i atmosferu šta se događalo na nastupu. Izuzetak su moji omiljeni bendovi, a francuski Monolithe to svakako jeste. Već nekoliko godina, još od izlaska fantastičnog albuma “Epsilon Aurigae”su u prvoj ligi mojih omiljenih grupa. Kasnije sam nabavio sve njihove ploče, a izlazak remek-dela “Nebula Septem” sam ispratio stavljanjem na prvo mesto izdanja 2018. godine na Dotkom portalu. I danas znam da se nisam prevario, jer je to album koji ću slušati još mnogo, mnogo puta i mnogo godina.

Osnova novog, live albuma benda Monolithe je upravo “Nebula Septem” sa kojeg su odsvirane četiri pesme koje su i inače, okosnica pomenute ploče. Uz skraćene verzije “Ecumenopolisa” sa “Zete Reticuli” I “Monolithe I” sa debija – to je to. Pedeset tri minuta podsećanja zašto obožavam Monolithe je malo. Hteo bih još, jer iako su pesme dugačke, ni u jednom trenutku nisu dosadne. Iako su pesme agresivne (što ne mora da implicira i da su brze, jer je stil Monolithe-a u osnovi doom) , ni u jednom trenutku ne zamaraju. Ako i imam zamerki, one bi mogle da se podvedu pod zanemarljive. Možda je reakcija publike mogla da bude malo više istaknuta, ovako smo dobili nove verzije studijskih kompozicija jer se ona svodi na kurtoazni aplauz između pesama…Ali, kakvih pesama…

Klasičan, ali fenomenalan death/doom “Delta Scuti” ili moja, malo je reći omiljena, “Engineering The Rip” koja u sebi nosi prog šmek i koja uživo još više ističe zvuk klavijatura u prvi plan. “Burst In The Event Horizon” je još mračnija i sporija i vodi slušaoce u tamne dubine odakle je teško vratiti se. Podsećanjem na svoje početke i sviranjem dela prvog svog epa – “Monolithe I” bend završava ovaj sjajni nastup na Beltane Festivalu za koji mogu samo da žalim što nisam uživo ispratio. No, biće prilike, svakako, da ugostimo, po meni, trenutno, jedan od najkvalitetnijih metal sastava današnjice koji kao monolit stoji, ako ne na vrhu, a ono, sasvim blizu samog vrha piramide današnje ekstremne muzike.

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Generaly, I am reluctant to listen to live albums. I find it unnecessary, in this hyper production, to review the filmed material which can rarely transfer true picture and atmosphere of the performance. The exceptions are my favorite bands. For few years now, French Monolithe, is in my first league, since the fantastic “Epsilon Aurigae” album. Later I’ve collected all their records, and the master piece “Nebula Septem” I’ve put on the first place of the publications in 2018 of Dotkom portal. I know I was right, because this is the album I will listen to for many times in the years to come.

The base of the new live album of the band Monolithe is exactly “Nebula Septem” from which four songs have been played, which are the back bone of the mentioned record. With shortened versions of “Ecumenopolisa” from “Zete Reticuli” and “Monolithe I” from the debut- that’s it. Fifty- three minutes of reminding myself why I adore Monolithe is little. I would also like to mention that even though the songs are long, they are not boring. Although they are aggressive (which doesn’t imply they are fast, because their style is basically doom) they are not, for one moment, tiresome. Even if I have some objections, they are negligible.  Perhaps the reaction of the audience could have been more emphasized, because this way we’ve got another version of studio recorded compositions with the courtesy aplauz between songs… But what kind of songs…

Classical, but phenomenal death/doom “Delta Scuti”, or my little to say, favorite “Engineering The Rip” which carries in its tune prog sound and which live brings the keyboard to the foreground. “Burst In The Event Horizon” is even slower and darker and takes the listener to the depths from which you can hardly return. By reminding the audience of their beginnings and by playing the part of their epic debut – “Monolithe I” the band is finishing their brilliant performance at Beltane Festival for which I can only regret I haven’t been to. But there will be a chance to be the host to, in my opinion, one of the best metal bands of today, which stands as a monolith, if not at the top, than very close to the top of todays pyramid of extreme music.

photos taken from official Monolithe FB page

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