Monuments

We Are The Foundation

01. Admit Defeat
02. The Uncollective
03. Memoirs

[10/27/10]
[Self Released]

Much like Heavy Blog favorites Tesseract, Monuments were born out of the ashes of UK progressive metal band Fellsilent. Last year, Monuments (featuring ex-Fellsilent vocalist Neema Askari and guitarist John Browne) released their three track Demo/EP We Are The Foundation. On top of being the live band for Chimp Spanner shows and support slot on the upcoming tour with Periphery alongside Tesseract, Monuments are going places and will no doubt hit their stride in 2011.

It is admittedly a bit unfair to compare Monuments to Tesseract, but there are obvious contrasts and shared traits between the two bands. While the polyrhythmic grooves and ambient guitar layers are shared between the two bands, Monuments carries over much more of the aggressive side that Fellsilent had. There is less focus on ambiance and harmonic qualities and more on technical onslaught and spastic rhythmic delivery akin to Sikth. The vocal work is no stranger to rhythmic delivery either; at times, the vocals take on an almost rap-like quality that is strangely abrasive, yet somehow catchy. Vocal harmonies are also of abundance, as anyone who heard Fellsilent could have guessed. This aspect of the band has been carried over without much of a change at all, which is certainly a plus in my book.

Professional quality home recordings on the cheap is a common occurrence these days. Depending on the skills and resources available to the artists, the quality in mixing can be hit or miss. The production is a bit muddy, but as a demo release, this is kind of expected. More has been achieved on what I’m sure has been lesser quality equipment, though. As mentioned, this is just a demo recording, so critique of this aspect is to be taken with a huge grain of salt.

Monuments are testing the waters with We Are The Foundation, and it’s certainly promising. While it is commonplace for a band of this nature to make a release out of demo recordings to tide fans over before a polished full-length is feasible, We Are The Foundation doesn’t hold much in substantial or groundbreaking material unless you happen to already be enthused by the whole djent scene or were heartbroken over the loss of Fellsilent. If you are stoked over those things though (and judging by the website you’re on, chances have it that you are), We Are The Foundation is a sign of things to come, so it is certainly worth a listen.

Monuments – We Are The Foundation gets…

3.5/5

– JR

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