Los Angeles doom/sludge metal band Behold! The Monolith is back with their third album, Architects of the Void. The band seems to have matured their sound since their latest offering and have more of a unique sound than previously. The band has often been compared to Judas Priest in a few ways, but they have always had the doom groove at the forefront of their sound. With Architects of the Void, there should no longer be comparisons to Judas Priest, nor any other band really.
Unleashing seven new ferocious tracks, each with their own distinctive sound, makes Architects of the Void one of the best albums of a year that is quickly coming to an end. While this album is not for everyone, its infectious sound will blow people away if they just give it a chance. This is an incredibly atmospheric album loaded with texture and in your face anger with every single track.
Most of the album’s tracks are epic in length with the closing title track clocking in at over 14 minutes, but none of the songs drag on. Actually, you want the songs to never end. Case in point is the amazing “The Mithriditist.” The 8 minute track encompasses most of the band’s various sounds in just one track. The aggressive vocals highlight the track, but the various instrumental melodies add such a strength to the song.
Honestly, I cannot recommend Behold! The Monolith’s Architects of the Void enough. Given the chance, this album will blow people’s minds.
Architects of the Void Tracklisting
1. Umbral Vale
2. Philosopher’s Blade
3. The Mithriditist
4. Lord of Bones
5. Black Days of…
6. Between Oder and the Vistula
7. Architects of the Void
Behold! The Monolith Line-up
Jordan Nalley – Vocals
Matt Price – Guitar
Jason “Cas” Casanova – Bass
Chase Manhattan – Drums
Behold! The Monolith: The Mithriditist
Official Site: www.beholdthemonolith.com