Album review: Mono
Hymn To The Immortal Wind
Facts about this album:
* Mono are Takaakira “Taka” Goto (guitar), Tamaki (bass), Yoda (guitar) and Yasunori Takada (drums).
* ‘Hymn To The Immortal Wind’ is their fifth album.
Screw ‘Music For The People’, this is music for the gods. Japan’s Mono have been tugging the heartstrings of the faithful for almost 10 years with their, y’know, grand post-rock symphonies, and their fifth album is as ambitious as ever, teeming as it is with crashing guitars and cinematic strings. ‘Pure As Snow (Trails Of The Winter Storm)’ soars above a maelstrom of melody and noise, the 13-minute ‘The Battle To Heaven’ conjures angels and demons clashing with flaming swords and ‘Everlasting Light’ burns and builds and dies with staggering grace. Pretentious, yes, but defiantly so. ‘Hymn…’ feels like the imaginary soundtrack to the film inside your head and is an outstanding work of epic beauty.