|[edit by author: There is no cover art for 'Monodrama' since it was never properly released.]|
This is the second release by Knut Farstad. Just like 'Human Vindice' it was never released properly. This is both because Knut was never really satisfied with the music and what I've found described as "technical and personal difficulties". However the tracks were out for free on a website endorsed by Knut for a long time, so some of us still have it. And I'm sure that if you ask Knut, he'll give you the permission to download it from a filesharing program.
I hesitate to call the music chaotic, but it's very varied and not exactly "linear" (if that is the right word to use). This means that the music can be hard to grasp for some, and instead just sound like noise made by guitars. However, for those of us who have the patience to let the music sink into the mind, you will be rewarded with a peaceful yet sad atmosphere.
The music is lighter than on 'Human Vindice'. More precisely, while it is still a drone/doom project based on doom/death riffing, it now has similarities to the Peaceville Three (Anathema, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost). A final difference is the fact that while 'Human Vindice' did have some occasional vocals on it, 'Monodrama' is a purely instrumental release.
While there is nothing wrong with the music on this release, my conclusion is that I agree with Knut on the music not living up to the standard of his other releases. However, some of the riffs are quite nice so it might be worth a listen anyway.
1. Inimical Fuse
2. A Sketched Ignorance
3. The Repetition Of Prayer
Duration : Approx. 19 minutes
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