Just in time for their 10-year anniversary, MONO return with their fifth studio album, the absolutely massive Hymn To The Immortal Wind. The music is naturally majestic, with MONO's trademark wall of noise crashing beautifully against the largest chamber orchestra the band has ever enlisted. The instrumentation is vast, incorporating strings, flutes, organ, piano, glockenspiel and tympani into their standard face-melting set-up. While Hymn continues to mine the cinematic drama inherent in all of MONO's music, the dynamic shifts now come more from dark-to-light instead of quiet-to-loud. The maturity to balance these elements so masterfully has become MONO's strongest virtue - save for perhaps their uncanny ability to sound every bit like a plane crashing into a Beethoven concert.
Through a ten-year career, MONO has ascended in both popularity and critical acclaim, with record sales and live show
attendance corresponding. Translating their powerful and violently beautiful live performances on record is no easy feat. Despite their albums' masterful subtleties and majestic walls of noise, the consensus has remained that their transcendent live shows are simply insurmountable....more