Monstraat, a name that might not be known to many. Hailing from Köping, Sweden, The band plays the primitive form of black metal, mostly in vain of early Swedish black metal bands such as The Black, Arckanum. While firmly rooted to rawer black metal, the band musical directions also shows affinity towards some rhythmic counterparts with a bit progression- exactly what you can expect from a Swedish black metal act. Formed in 2000, the band has taken 13 years to release a self-titled full length released on Fallen Temple, prior to which, the band released two demos only.
Typical black metal riffing reminiscent of early Swedish black metal sound with some thrash influenced guitars (noticeable on first two tracks only) backed up by solid, powerful drumming- that sums up the album in fewer words, but that is not the whole scenario going up here on this opus. The running time is pretty short- 25 minutes covering all 10 tracks. Most of the songs are comprised within 2 – 3 minutes. Starting with a drum bit followed by a thrashy guitar tone- the madness starts with ‘Come fire, Come Home’. The song (and Black Star) can also remind of some earlier works of Bewitched. The same vibe is also heard on the second track ‘War without End’ which breaks out with chaotic black metal madness. The rest of the track lists are purely of typical Swedish sounds. Sharp, blazing guitars backed up by melodic guitar rhythm, minimalistic bass and endless blast beats. The music can be seemed bit interesting, partly on Black Star, Through Raging Spheres, The First Seed and A Poison Divine. The vocals are typical black metal screams, hateful and delivered passionately. The lyrics mainly deal about Satanism and devil worshiping, not much rich in contents, but they are good enough for the record. Production wise, the record has a sound that soothes black metal, the sound is not that much grim or frostbitten, but it does have a solid atmosphere on the background.
Now its turn for the demerits of the record. The album runs for only 25 minutes, and tracks such as Through Raging Spheres, Cleansing, Black Star play lesser than 2 minutes. To me, personally, the song composition are executed well enough, but the short running time indicating ‘the ideas are not generated accordingly’. Apart from that, the album is pretty neat overall, although you won’t hear something exceptional or new here.
To finish with, ‘Monstraat’ is a fairly good record, but it lacks originality. Fans of Swedish black metal, especially those who are fan of Arckanum, Bewitched, The Black etc. might find this full length interesting.
Recommendation: A Poison Divine, The First Seed, Through Raging Spheres.
Listen to Monstraat – The First seed
Label: Fallen Temple ( Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org )
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|J.L.||All instruments, Vocals|
|1.||Come Fire, Come Flame||02:25|
|2.||War Without End||01:49|
|4.||The First Seed||03:27|
|6.||Through Raging Spheres||01:34|
|9.||A Poison Divine||04:21|
Monstraat on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monstraatofficial
Reviewer: Somber Oracle