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Monarch - Omens (LP)

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Origin: France
Released: 2013
Catalog number: MUF023
Limited edition on black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

Omens is the most aptly titled release thus far from French/American caustic collective Monarch. While this prolific group has always been a harbinger of ruinous doom and a purveyor of cataclysmic drone, their sixth full-length finds them voicing their finest apocalyptic forecasts yet. With a touch of Khanate's avant-doom, spliced with the sepulchral grind of Corrupted, Monarch's sound is familiar yet idiosyncratic. Crushing tonalities, lugubrious riffs and screeds of distortion are commonplace features from the mutated doom genre, yet where many bands utilize those elements to pound their audiences into submission, Monarch go about things very differently. By sporadically liberating their monolithic might, the band mesmerizes, terrifies and then, when you're all but exhausted and they're good and ready, asphyxiates.