Spectres

by Monolith

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released August 1, 2011

Review by Andrew McIntosh (Special Interests)

Spreading a single spiral over thirty six minutes is not something one should attempt if one has no ideas and no talent. No such problems from Monolith.

A single tone is fluctuated heavily through slow phasing and allowed to pass through a variety of effected stages, ranging from gritty distortion to smooth, pure feedback to foggy sludge to booming, up-front speaker blow to, finally, what sounds like chains being dragged across a metal floor.

Rather than a boring going-through-the-motions of different effects it's a much more exciting manipulation of carefully chosen sounds that follow from one to the other with adequate pacing and compliment each other nicely. It's a diverse, delightful spiral that matches well the sound Monolith have on their self-titled album while not going through the same motions.

I'm still not sure how these sounds are generated which is really another advantage as there's nothing obvious to peg onto - the sound is all. It's spacious, ambitious without over-reaching, well structured and pleasurable to listen to.

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Australian label specialising in electronic, experimental, noise, drone and industrial music from all over the globe.

Iceage has released music by Arthur Cantrill, Primitive Calculators, Robin Fox, Bonnie Mercer, Ollie Olsen, Ernie Althoff, Mad Nanna, Shane Fahey, Matthew Brown and Sean Baxter amongst others.
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