Friday, April 7, 2017
MONOCEROS- Space Dungeon (2017)
Before listening to this EP you should probably read the short description the band posted regarding "Space Dungeon" on their bandcamp.
"After a lengthy pilgrimage across time and space, three weary inter-dimensional nomads found themselves stranded on the mud planet, affectionately referred to as "earth" by its strange bipedal inhabitants.
The three travelers tried to tell the earthlings the tale of their journey, but their primitive human brains could not fathom the intricacies of inter-dimensional navigation.
After years of futile attempts at communication, a new idea was formed to bridge the gap between the minds, and bring about understanding. A collection of sounds that can describe these cataclysmic events in a way that language cannot." -MONOCEROS
What follows is the sound they speak of. A slow winding descent into the doomed unknown. This 30 + minute long song starts out with what I'm guessing is actual sounds from outer space, before the music kicks in rocket fire blazing. While the idea of sitting through one long track may seem like an undertaking, this trip was worth the journey. In the music you can hear the frustration, anguish, and angst of the travels with the massive fuzzed out guitars and screams of pain and misery. I really like how the band transitioned from riff to riff without getting to repetitive that I was bored to fucking tears. Before you knew it a riff had transformed or morphed into another and you weren't sure exactly how you got there, which I thought was a good thing. It keeps thing captivating as the music shrugs along in a gloomy alien landscape. Finally, we end where we started, and everything comes full circle. This is definitely worth checking out if you're into the super slow burn jams. Cheers! -Samir