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4.21 | 15 ratings | 1 reviews | 53% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ashes in the Snow (12:55)
2. Burial at Sea (10:24)
3. Silent Flight, Sleeping Dawn (5:51)
4. Are You There? (10:30)
5. 2 Candles, 1 Wish (2:31)
6. Where Am I (3:03)
7. Pure as Snow (11:38)
8. Halcyon (Beautiful Days) (9:18)
9. Everlasting Light (12:36)

Total Time 78:46

Line-up / Musicians

- Takaakira Goto / lead guitar
- Yoda / rhythm guitar
- Tamaki Kunishi / bass, guitar, piano, glockenspiel
- Yasunori Takada / drums, synthesizer, glockenspiel

- The Wordless Music Orchestra

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MONO Holy Ground: NYC Live ratings distribution

(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(53%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (7%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Starhammer
4 stars When Mono went Stereo...

The Japanese band celebrate their 10th anniversary with an momentous concert in New York City, complete with 24-piece orchestra.

The Good: This is essential listening for all fans of the band. The set-list borrows heavily from their most recent studio effort "Hymn to the Immortal Wind" including my personal favourites Ashes in the Snow, Everlasting Light and Pure as Snow. There are also additions from "Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined", "You Are There" and their 2001 debut, "Under the Pipal Tree". The live recording and orchestral contribution does exactly what is should, revitalises tracks which I had previously overlooked in their studio setting and a brings a fuller, more energized sound that spans the entire release. In short, it makes the nondescript noteworthy, and the excellent outstanding. It turns snowstorms into blizzards, and tremolo rainfall into a sonic deluge.

The Bad: Like all Mono the sound and song structure is pretty much identical throughout, with maybe a hint of variation during the shorter tracks. It's basically just the same piece of clay, moulded into slightly different shapes.

The Verdict: An excellent addition to any post-rock collection.

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