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From Monument to Masses


Post Rock/Math rock

3.37 | 6 ratings

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3 stars You said you wanted more rock and you got it.

From Monument To Masses is a band that mixes some interesting influences (politically and musically) into their sound. In the end they come up sounding like a more rock oriented post-rock band or maybe even a prog oriented post-rock band. This is one of the rare cases when bands from the genre leave the simplicity behind and really experiment with time signatures and truly rock out.

These guys take their political ideas front and center and aren't afraid to show them just like Godspeed or A Silver Mt. Zion. To be honest those two bands do it in a way that I doesn't sound forced or tiring, but sadly From Monument To Masses aren't like that and in many times it can get frustrating when one isn't in the right frame of mind or mood. Aside from the political side of the band the other side, the musical one, is great and fun to listen to. They are complex without being hard to listen to and they can get pretty groovy at times thanks to their Dub and Hip-hop influenced bass lines. Their strong sense of melody coming from their post-rock side is also a mayor factor in their accessibility. Their aggressiveness is also shown In "The Spice Must Flow" and "Old Robes" with their hardcore influences and screaming vocals. I must note out that these are just short parts of the songs and they're mostly an instrumental act. All three player are well trained at their respective instrument, but they do work as a team and they never show off. The sound is tight and well played. The songs in general are mostly long around the 6-7 minute length. There aren't any climaxes here, though so don't wait for them, but there aren't any ambient parts either. Their like a standard rock band (whatever that means) with one foot in post-rock and another in prog and their fingers in several other genres and bands.

From Monument to Masses play a fun and enjoyable batch of complex and groovy "post-rock". If you don't mind listening to politically obsessed music and sound clips in middle of songs then you won't have a problem enjoying From Monument To Masses. Their interesting sound will appeal to many people if they get a chance to give them a try.

3.7 or almost 4 stars.

chamberry | 3/5 |


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