Light and shadow often lie next to each other. This also applies to these two albums, which are the Yin and Yang in the sound cosmos of the Japanese Wallof Sound artists Mono. Light and shadow refer only to the moods, not to the quality of the works. "The Last Dawn" reflects the bright side of this band, "Rays Of Darkness" the dark, brutal one. It makes sense to think of a separate CD for each 40 minutes, as there is such a clear separation of the different approaches to one's own style. The Last Dawn", for example, offers a pathetic, harmonic megalomania at the edge to silence, which already shaped the previous albums; "The Land Between Tides" increases to an enthusiastic finale, "Kanata" is ingratiating Schönklang- Shoegaze, which seems to rub off on the whole album. "Rays Of Darkness", on the other hand, is more metallic, harsher and more uncompromising. Although "Recoil, Ignite" still shows relatives to the sister album, but at the latest when Envy screamer Tetsu Fukagawa steps on the plan, this changes.
Top track: Kanata/Surrender