After doing a little research, I found out that their previous album dates back to 2011. That could be the reason since I only got back into the metal scene since founding this website in 2014. Nonetheless, it's never too late to discover a new band so let's dive in this cesspool of misery.
On this album, which takes up fifty haunting minutes of your time, you can find four lengthy tracks. Each of them is a funeral doom song, which pretty much makes further description obsolete. Slow, intense, atmospheric and bleak are the keywords. In that, there is little variation to be found, except from the occasional array of blast beats. Yet, the key seem to be their approach to funeral doom. Monads are not a copycat of Evoken, Shape Of Despair or Until Death Overtakes Me. They are a self willed doom metal band with their own sound.
That sound takes the original funeral doom elements and enhances them with sludge metal, post rock and a tiny bit of ambient. It combines the melancholia of the first genre with the musical ingenuity of the latter, something I can only applaud. So you do indeed get sluggish riffs but also delightful melodic aspect, as if My Dying Bride, Amenra and Esoteric suddenly decided to do something together. I guess that's a compliment. This whole review is meant to be a compliment, even though there is little else to say. All I can do is recommend this to all you slow, deep and heavy music fans out there. This album is a stunner.