(9/10) Asking Wikipedia about ‘Monolith’ delivers a definition that looks like this: “A monolith is a geological feature consisting of a single massive stone or rock, such as some mountains, or a single large piece of rock placed as, or within, a monument or building.” ‘Monolith’ is also the title of Verheerer’s new longplayer and one thing’s for sure, the word ‘massive’ describes the album extremely well.
‘Monolith’ is Verheerer’s second album and since the debut was critically acclaimed, anticipation was high when it comes the album number two. And here it is.
An intro builds up tension and it’s the title track being the first massive Black Metal blast on this release. It’s a dirty Black Metal anthem, combined with an anarchic Punk vibe that makes the title track to a first highlight. ‘Monolith’ is savage and fierce in its expression. Songs like ‘The Fatalist’ are brutal Black Metal anthems and the fact that songs are rather long shows that Verheerer has enough creativity and savvy to not fall back to ‘off the shelf’ Metal.
This approach manifests itself perfectly in the closer of the album. ‘Theios Aner & Irrisio’ is a ten minutes composition that starts acoustic and evolves to a pitch black Metal epos. Vehement riff assaults are part of this masterpiece as well the acoustic beginning and very rhythm-based sections, all kept together by BST hellish vocals. And not to forget the impactful ending with spoken words. This wows.
‘Monolith’, as a “massive stone or rock” too, is stripped down to the essence, done with compositional cleverness. Verheerer’s sophomore release for sure strengthens the bands position in Heavy Metal and marks a next step towards to a blackened top.
3. He Who Sowed The Poisoned Seeds
4. The Fatalist
5. The Eskapist
6. He Shall Reap A Thousandfold
7. Serpent Grave
8. Theios Aner & Irrisio
Label: Vendetta Records
Genre: Black Metal
Release Date EU: October 10th, 2019