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Rays of Darkness

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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.
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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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Exclusively includes Koji Morimoto's official "Recoil, Ignite" CM in HD.
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  • Poster/Print + Digital Album

    LIMITED EDITION SIGNED, NUMBERED FINE ART SET OF TWO PRINTS (INCLUDES VINYL COPIES OF BOTH NEW ALBUMS). SAME PRODUCT AS ON RAYS OF DARKNESS PAGE.

    To celebrate MONO's collaboration with world-renowned artist Pat Perry, we have joined forces with fine art studio CloudWatchers to produce a very small, very special edition of "The Last Dawn & Rays of Darkness" fine art prints. CloudWatchers' eye-popping Giclée process uses 100% archival UltraChrome K3 inks on museum quality, acid-free, 100% cotton rag paper with a textured finish. Each print is signed and hand-numbered in an edition of 100 by Pat Perry. There are two prints in each set (one for each album), each print measuring 15x15" (381x381mm). The prints are protected in removable clear polysleeves, and are shipped in rigid, sturdy cardboard mailers with dual-protection cardboard inserts.

    INCLUDES VINYL FORMAT OF BOTH NEW ALBUMS! LIMIT TWO (2) ART PRINT SET PER CUSTOMER!

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Last Dawn via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Includes unlimited streaming of Rays of Darkness via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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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.

credits

released October 24, 2014

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

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

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Official online store of Japanese Instrumental Rock band MONO.

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

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