MONUMENTS - The Amanuensis

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Progmetal | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 162 / 7-8-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7.5/10 | Label: Century Media | Autor: MB

The separation from singer Matt Rose was unfortunately not without unpleasant noises. But Monuments quickly found their way back on track, put two instrumental versions of their songs on the internet and waited for applications. Chris Barretto (was also at Periphery in the early stages) is now the new man at the microphone. The Londoners do not want to be put into the genre drawer Djent any more. But why? You can also find the name quite cool and not at all disreputable. The quintet's modern, groove-oriented Progressive Metal has gained quality on their second album "The Amanuensis" anyway. What sounded impetuous and unsorted on "Gnosis" could now be poured into much clearer structures with more convincing melodies. Also the balance between clear vocals (definitely the strength of barretto!) and growls is more balanced. And in terms of text, you always have attractive concepts in stock anyway. The band is not yet at eye level with Tesseract, Textures or Periphery. But on the way there she took the right path with "The Amanuensis".

Top track: I, The Creator

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