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Rays of Darkness


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dreams found in sleep I love everything MONO do, every song is like a journey Favorite track: Recoil, Ignite.
Frederick Jones
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Frederick Jones This is Mono heavy. A masterpiece of sound and emotion. The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness complement each other so well. You can't just get one without the other. If you have not been acquainted with Mono and their music then you need to listen and let the power and emotion take you over the edge. Favorite track: The Last Rays.
Ashton Richards
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Ashton Richards Between the two simultaneously released albums, I prefer this one. Not that it's a competition, I suppose... Favorite track: The Hand that Holds the Truth.
Anthony Rotolo
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Anthony Rotolo If you're not familiar with Mono, you should really make it a point. Japanese shoegaze metal noise. I love them. Favorite track: The Hand that Holds the Truth.
Michael Reilly
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Michael Reilly 'Recoil, Ignite' is the standout track here: a truly majestic 13 minutes of expectant drama that never seems to stop building – and is much the better for it. Each track shows differences in style, tone and instrumental effect, which adds further interest. Favorite track: Recoil, Ignite.
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Rays of Darkness is the first MONO album in 15 years to feature no orchestral instruments whatsoever. That fact alone is remarkable given the band’s reputation for sweeping, dramatic instrumentals that recall Oscar-worthy film scores. Instead, Rays of Darkness more closely resembles a jet engine taking off inside a small, crowded auditorium. It is MONO’s blackest album ever, a collection of scorched riffs, doom rhythms, and an unexpected contribution from post-hardcore pioneer Tetsu Fukagawa of Envy. The album ends with the smoldering wreckage of distorted guitars and ominous drones playing out a eulogy to the days when MONO shot blinding rays of light through seemingly endless darkness.


released October 24, 2014

Takaakira "Taka" Goto - Guitar
Tamaki - Bass
Yoda - Guitar
Yasunori Takada - Drums

Tetsu Fukagawa (envy) - Voice
Jacob Valenzuela (Calexico) - Trumpets


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Labels: Temporary Residence Ltd. (North America) and Pelagic Records (Europe).


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