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Until Death Overtakes Me : Symphony III: Monolith

It had to happen, of course. If you have a 'Symphony I...' and a 'Symphony II...', you have to finish the Rule of Threes. So, quite some years after the last 'real' album, not counting the 'Prelude...', here it is: UDOM.'s latest, and dare I say it... best?

I'll get back to that later. First, the lowdown. 'Symphony III - Monolith' is a name more fitting than any. If there's one word that's popular among reviewers of funeral doom, it's probably 'monolithic', yet I still think there's no band out there on which this adjective is more applicable than UDOM.. Arguably, the sound on this new one isn't more monolithic than the sound on 'Prelude...', but then again, that's hardly possible. What it is, though, is more sophisticated. You can tell that the hard work that Stijn van Cauter did in the studio has paid off, as he has managed to concoct a unique, clear, but oh so heavy sound. Improvement is especially noticable in the guitar sound and in the ambient/synth sound, which sounds rich and deep. This is best heard on the intro, 'Thus...' an excellent and majestic interpretation of Richard Strauss' 'Also Sprach Zarathustra'.

Those who known their cultural history will start making ends meet at this point. Strauss + Monolith = Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Anyone who has seen the movie will remember that mysterious slab of stone, the Monolith, projecting a keening choir voice through space and time. Well, UDOM.'s Monolith is both alike and not alike. Not, because the sound it emits is vastly different. You didn't hear music like this back in the seventies, obviously. But, the idea is the same. 'Symphony III - Monolith' is a primordial slab of stone in a space age, progressing slowly but steadily through majestic melodies and mystic moods.

If you thought funeral doom had drowned itself in mediocrity, think again. UDOM. proves that it's still very much alive with these four tracks. Especially so during the 30+ minutes of 'Soon...', perhaps the new quintessential UDOM. track, which takes the greatness of a track like 'Slip Away', and raises it to a new level of structural development. All the elements that made 'Prelude...' are still there: booming timpani, crushing riffs, deeper-than-the-abyss growls, but, like I said, taken a step further. This is UDOM., and Stijn himself, at their best!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Thus...
2. Funeral Dance
3. Monolith
4. Soon...

Duration : Approx. 74 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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