Monks of Mellonwah
Sky And The Dark Night
added: 15 Mar 2013
// release date: 1 Apr 2013 // label:
reviewer: Daniel Davidson-Amadi
The aptly named third miniature EP from the Aussie four-piece is a much darker approach than they have previously explored in their music.
This is an EP of parts; essentially one 8 minute overture that has been chopped into thirds in which the each section represents a slight changeover whilst relying on a similar orchestral theme that is spiced up by the twangs and wails of their guitars and the voice of lead vocalist, Vikram Kaushik.
Opening segment ‘Breakout’ is an overture that is cinematic, anthemic and sets the tone for a new richer operatic style for the indie band. There are no vocals, just a regimental rolling drum and various stringed instruments regaling you in the way you get with the opening credits of a big budget action movie.
The second part ‘Control’ displays more of the diversity of the band whilst infusing more of the rock component they do best. It begins calmly with the composure of a night at the proms before slowly building to a crescendo that ends with a ferocious solo riff. The composition draws comparisons to the work of bands like Muse and Killswitch Engage - the newly-established solemnity from this almost metalcore offering is clearly evident.
The final part is an epic soundtrack that is, again, instrumental, only this time we have elements of electro thrown in with the gentle leads, strings and wind instruments. Now you’ve got orchestral, metalcore and electro in one arrangement. It sounds like anarchy but it is a very artistic and memorable 3 minutes that display the band’s considerable alternative talents.
Though this is a new direction for the band, overall the album still exudes the purity of sound and professionalism of their previous commercial successes. These are short arrangements but they’re not ones that you can fiddle out in an hour or so – they sound complex but prove that their time hasn’t been wasted and that the support of an ensemble can enhance even the less noble genres. This album is short but very sweet.
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