Monocube :: The Rituals (Malignant)

The stylistic range navigates between wandering ghostly cinematic soundscapes, ritualistic and doom ambient. The Rituals is his third full length release, welcomed by Malignant Records.

Monocube is a young project hailing from Kiev, formed by the sound designer Andrzej Gladuszewski. The stylistic range navigates between wandering ghostly cinematic soundscapes, ritualistic and doom ambient. The Rituals is his third full length release, welcomed by Malignant Records.

The Rituals reveals one delicious darkly atmospheric quality where long sinuous textured waves meet industrial derelicts, strangely hypnagogic-sinister chords. The album also invites a few of well-noted deep audio-industrial dark ambient projects for various highlights including Apocryphos (from Cryo Chamber, Cyclic Law), and the French Treha Sektori (from Cyclic Law), Asmorod (Tesco, Steinklang). The conceptual nature of this album explores esoteric cosmogonies, primordial beliefs, luciferian gnoticism and animistic religions.

“Downward” is a spacious and subterranean drone piece made of eloquent bass frequencies and darkly absorbing treatments. A glacial mystical spell is rising at the surface. “Through our blood” is one enthralling and creeped-out track made of abstract waves, catacomb-esque industrial pulses and cavernous guitars. The other tracks featured include an ominous cathedral of malevolent drones as in the almightly, massive and percussive “Abthracite Glow,” quite possibly my favorite piece of the album with the whispering demonic “Father Fenris.” The Rituals is a ferociously tenebrous, organic, blackened and tellurian album and is easily recommended for fans of the genre.

The Rituals is available on Malignant.

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