The Monolith Deathcult - _The Apotheosis_
(Cold Blood Industries, 2003)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
The Monolith Deathcult are a Dutch band specialising in performing violent and brutally intense death metal. Although they have been compared with Nile, the music only bears a superficial similarity to them, whose song writing skills and musicianship are several notches above those of The Monolith Deathcult. (Actually, Nile is several notches above virtually the entire death metal milieu.) This in no ways implies that they are sloppy or untalented; on the contrary, they are a tight and fairly technical outfit, often throwing in a few Slayer-esque solos. They are similar to Nile with regards to other aspects: they too possess an astounding three vocalists, and they also draw upon blood-drenched historical events such as Attila the Hun and the Roman Gladiators for lyrical inspiration. On the downside, they are content for the most part to simply blast their way through the songs. This is hardly likely to be a problem for the average death metal fanatic, but a more discerning listener might be put off by the relentlessness of their music.

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(article published 29/5/2003)


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