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MonumentuM : In Absentia Christi

"Two thousands years and I realised Vatican's foundations/rise-up on Earth entrails/Two thousands years and I realised Vatican's columns/Are full of reptiles drenched with wasted prayers." Like every country with a strong, influential religious movement, Italy's Catholicism inspired many underground bands to express their reluctance to comform with it. A big inspiration for the Italian dark metal movement, MonumentuM managed with this album to carve its name forever on the stone where the names of underground legends are written.

After years of silence (their demo 'Musaeum Hermeticum' dates from 1989), the leading man of this band Roberto Mammarella (also known as the owner of quality label Avantgarde Music), took MonumentuM to previously undiscovered auditory realms, creating one the most mysterious albums ever. The first seconds of this album, where a dark vox appears accompanied by weird, unclean background sounds, prepare the listener for a truely unique experience, inducing a mysterious, lethargic mood unparallelled in the history of dark metal.

If MonumentuM had to re-record this album today, I'm sure that it would sound very differently, because there is a variety of background sounds and moods, giving a hint of last-minute improvisations of the band in the studio. Ethnic instruments like accordeon, a bouzouki and maranzano, implement this unique atmosphere, reminding the listener that this band has its dark roots in the melancholic, mediterranean underground tradition.

Vocally, male, clean and low gothic exclamations and very strong, sick female vocals succeed in taking the dark music lover in a passage through the collective unconscious, where remembrances of a tragic past are once again recalled, in the hope that this might cure the past trauma's of this suffering humanity.

The extremely dark, slow cover of Visage's new wave classic 'Fade To Grey', makes this album obligatory for any dark music adorer. "Two thousands years..." let's hope that we will not need to wait that long until the next release of this cult band will see the feeble light of this treacherous world.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Battesimo: Nero Opaco
2. A Thousand Breathing Crosses
3. Consuming Jerusalem
4. Fade To Grey
5. On Perspective Of Spiritual Catharsis
6. Selunhs Aggelos
7. From These Wounds
8. Terra Mater Ofranorum
9. Nephtali
10. La Noia

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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