Fittingly, their new album, Requiem For Hell, incorporates all of those conflicts into the one universal inevitability in life: Birth, and death. Requiem For Hell finds MONO returning to longtime friend and collaborator, Steve Albini (2004) and culminating with Hymn To Immortal Wind (2009). Requiem For Hell is undeniably heavier and scarier than most of MONO's output to this point – hear the dizzying 18- minute title track for example – but it also carries some of their most sublime moments. This dichotomy is how one band’s obsession with conflict has manifested itself into one of underground music's simultaneously quietest and loudest catalogs.
Album Name Requiem for Hell. Released date 30 October 2016. Labels Temporary Residence Limited Pelagic Records. Music StylePost-Rock. Members owning this album1. Other productions from Mono.
In Mono's music, rock is a way of examining and expressing emotional, psychological, and spiritual states. Requiem for Hell is the quartet's ninth album. It's a reunion with Steve Albini, their behind-the-boards collaborator from 2004's Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky through 2009's Hymn to the Immortal Wind. This is a back to basics affair, an attempt to sum up everywhere Mono has been, but it's also their noisiest record ever. Opener "Death in Rebirth" is a companion piece to "Death and Reverse," their half of 2015's Transcendental split.
Requiem for Hell is Mono’s ninth album and finally sees them beginning to flaunt their majestic mastery once more. Requiem for Hell is based on Dante’s epic poem Divine Comedy that tells the tale of the poet travelling through ‘Hell’, then ‘Purgatory’ and finally ‘Heaven’. As a standalone album, Requiem for Hell is an engaging, mesmeric album that develops various emotions through its undemanding 45 minutes. However, compared to what we know Mono is capable of, the album is unadventurous, unsurprising and only refracts past ideas. Despite the great potential Requiem for Hell has, it can’t seem to claw its way to the emotional summit that Mono left their mark on in their glory days.
Trombone – Nick Broste. Mono (7). Requiem For Hell (CD, Album). Temporary Residence Limited.
Requiem for Hell is, above all, a back-to-basics, beautiful and lush - yet extremely predictable effort from the once creative and powerful band, an album completely guided by genre's conventions and some redundant cuts that show up as the tracklisting advances. While it's definitely far from a bad work, it's also a clear example of an underwhelming release from a stellar musical.
Tracklist Hide Credits
|A1||Death In Rebirth||8:05|
Cello – Alison Chesley
|B||Requiem For Hell
Trombone – Nick Broste
|C2||The Last Scene||6:43|
- Recorded At – Electrical Audio
- Mixed At – Electrical Audio
- Mastered At – Chicago Mastering Service
- Recorded At – Neutral Music
- Arranged By [Strings], Performer – Takaakira "Taka" Goto*
- Art Direction – Jeremy DeVine, Takaakira "Taka" Goto*
- Cello – Nora Barton, Veronica Nettles
- Composed By, Arranged By – Mono
- Illustration – Gustave Doré
- Layout, Design – Jeremy DeVine
- Mastered By – Bob Weston*
- Performer – Tamaki*, Yasunori Takada, Yoda
- Photography By [Band] – Mitja Kobal
- Photography By [Credits] – Yoshiharu Ota
- Producer – Mono , Steve Albini
- Recorded By – Will Thomas (tracks: A2 [Cello])
- Recorded By, Mixed By – Steve Albini
- Violin  – Inger Peterson Carle
- Violin , Orchestrated By – Susan Voelz
- Violin  – Andra Kulans, Vannia Phillips
NotesReleased in a special slipcase cover with a die cut hole on the back side, printed inner sleeves and an engraving on side D, showing a foetus. Includes download code. Edition of 1,000.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (on sleeve): 6 56605 32731 0
- Barcode (sticker on shrink): 6 56605 32735 8
|TRR273 CD||Mono||Requiem For Hell (CD, Album)||Temporary Residence Limited||TRR273 CD||US||2016|
|HSE-8002||Mono||Requiem For Hell (CD, Album)||Magniph Records, Hostess Entertainment Unlimited||HSE-8002||Japan||2016|
|none||Mono||Requiem For Hell (Cass, Album)||Temporary Residence Limited||none||Europe||2016|
|PEL075||Mono||Requiem For Hell (CD, Album, Sli)||Pelagic Records||PEL075||Europe||2016|
|PEL 075-V||Mono||Requiem For Hell (LP, Gol + LP, S/Sided, Etch, Sil + Album, Ltd)||Pelagic Records||PEL 075-V||Europe||2016|