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by Monarch
Omens by Monarch
Released: Feb 2012
Label: At A Loss Recordings
Stretching three tracks over 35 minutes (the shortest, "Transylvanian Incantations," is only 3:40, which leaves an awful lot of room for the other two), this female-fronted French experimental doom-drone band unites several strains of late 20th century downtown Manhattan avant-garde (Swans, Meredith Monk, assorted minimalist composers) into a kind of dolmen-metal that takes turns working as new age relaxation music and a demon-screaming, window-crashing horror soundscape. They are fond of monastery chanting and white noise and extreme slow motion. You either get sucked in, or you don't.
CHUCK EDDY
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