Band : No Mans Land
Album : The Last Monolith
Release Date : 30.01.2014
Record Label : Mother Fuzzer Records
Genre : Doom/stoner metal
This short but dark EP welcomes us with the intro that reminds me of those old eerie movies; as soon as the song starts, the listener will be immediately drawn into the record; there’s something eerie about those organs and the combination of symphonic melodies and riffs. The intro also seemed more like a transition song to me; it felt like this album continued from where it left off; it seems like there is a story behind and it, which I found really unique.
With the tracks “Hawks & Vultures” and “Kingdom’s End” , the vocals are more in the foreground. The vocals, which are distorted create a good harmony with the riffs and the overall mood of the song. I also love the endings in both of the songs ; after slow beats and doom-y guitar riffs, the songs reach to a peak towards the end, which shows the potential and the diversity that the band can create.
The last song “ Behind the Mask” is a beautiful instrumental song; probably my favorite from the EP. The bass can be heard more clearly in this song and the band manages to create the great ending with fast riffs. It gave me an impression that the end was linked to the beginning somehow which creates a loop and makes the album even more smooth and more of an earcandy.
“The Last Monolith” is surely a must-have. What I loved the most was the melodic/instrumental approach of the band; this approach created more of a ‘soundtrack’ vibe. There’s definitely potential in these doom metallers and their first EP was not enough; hopefully, the band will record a much longer album that would satisfy our need!
Rating : 8/10
“The Last Monolith” Tracklisting :
01. Last Monolith
02. Hawks & Vultures
03. Kingdom’s End
04. Behind The Mask
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