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REVIEW: Mono - Requiem for Hell

REVIEW: Mono - “Requiem for Hell”

By: Jessica Gonzalez
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A review of the Mono song “Requiem for Hell.”

 

Japanese post-rock band Mono returns with a chilling, coasting single off their newest album, Requiem for Hell. Soft yet deliberate, "Ely's Heartbeat" showcases the band's knack for utilizing minimalism as a powerful form of expression. Electric guitar, synth, and often barely there percussion work together to create a driving force of quiet emotion. There is a sense of something impending at the beginning and end of every cadence.

 

And perhaps this is particularly fitting -- per Mono's Bandcamp page, "Ely's Heartbeat" was "inspired by the birth of a close friend's child." The track further engages with the album's themes of the inevitable and necessary pairings of life and death, of love and loss, of the beginning and the end. And at a time when everything around us in the world seems relentless and in constant flux, Requiem for Hell couldn't feel more right.

 

Mono - “Requiem for Hell”


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