“Versus 1”
(Hammerheart Records)

Battle Helm Rating

This is a band that has been in my conscious for a very, very long time but I don’t think I’ve ever checked them out. Whatever the reasons has been for that is in the past and now is now. So here we have the new THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT release. Not being familiar at all with this Dutch lot makes it easier to come into this with an open mind. I really expected this to be something along the lines of Gorefest or Thanatos but this is not that. Writing a concept album about the occult side of Nazism and then put it to music is a huge task. Listening to this I do wonder how it would have sounded without the concept. As this is a band that has been with my consciously for a long time I had really high hopes that this was going to blow me away totally but the truth is that I sit here a bit disappointed. It is kinda like “was this all?”. Not bad at all but still not as good as I had wished for. And this is not an album that is gonna grow on me either. My main objection is that this feels more like a band indulgence than it does an album for the fans. In a negative way. There is too much different stuff going on that it makes me lose interest for the really cool parts. Anders Ekdahl

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