Listen to the full new album by the 6th most popvlar and almost award-winning svpreme avantgarde death metal band from Kampen, Netherlands, THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT, via the handsome player available below - courtesy the label, Season Of Mist. ‘TETRAGRAMMATON’ is out now in Europe (May 10th, 2013) and will become available in North America on May 14th, 2013. Shop indiscriminately here (Season Of Mist e-shop):
“There is nothing funny about death metal. Wrong! THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT surprise with their visual tongue-in-cheek approach to this brutal genre on their fourth full-length ‘TETRAGRAMMATON’. Yet when it comes to their music these Dutch are deadly serious. Their stunning technical prowess simply allows this band to be self-ironic and referential towards any death metal band of the 90's they find worthy of their brutal attention. There are glimpses of CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEATH, NILE, NAPALM DEATH, HAIL OF BULLETS, ASPHYX, BEHEMOTH openly displayed throughout this album. THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT do not shy away from reaching beyond the genre borders by referencing WHITE ZOMBIE for example, while their lyrics refer to war, terrorism, historical events, and even touch controversial topics such as religion:”
Founded in 2002 in Kampen, the Netherlands and spreading misery, despair and contempt throughout Europe ever since, THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT believe that since death metal has reached a ceiling in terms of speed (see: HATE ETERNAL, listen: CRYPTOPSY), they have therefore decided to broaden the genre by inserting previously ignored elements into the style: from techno/dance and industrial music (“completed with Wagnerian classical pomposity”) to irony, black humour and bad taste (“in combination with a morbid fascination for everything that is wrong”):
“THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT realizes all too well that music is a form of entertainment, and that music is made not only for our own pleasure, but also for the audience. The audience wants to be entertained and wants to be captivated by what the band offers. THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT makes music for the masses without losing their identity by making easy-listening rock tunes. THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT doesn’t make artist-centered music and won’t gorge on technicalities only trained ears will hear and appreciate. If people want to see virtuoso techniques they can go out and rent a Steve Vai DVD,” [declares the official pamphlet]
Claiming an appalling lack of talent which the bandmembers allegedly disguise by playing guitars with extreme body shapes, THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT released their debut album, The Apotheosis’, in 2003, followed by ‘The White Crematorium’ in 2005. Sponsored by German label Twilight Vertrieb, their acclaimed third effort ‘Triumvirate’, issued in 2008, brought the band international recognition. The rising interest spawned a re-release of ‘The White Crematorium 2.0’ in 2010.
THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT features: Sjoerd Visch: The Grocer - drums, percussion analog and triggering, piledrivers and preternatural serenity, Michiel Dekker: The Teacher - doubtful poet, vox, guitar (retuned & out-of-tune solo leads), kahler misuse and supreme inanity, Robin Kok: The Doctor - fretted and fretless bass, vox and howling insanity, Ivo Hilgenkamp: The Logistic - stringed stoicism, lead beard and unalloyed sublimity and offline member Carsten Altena - Stalin organ, sonic booms and mammoth orchestral stabs