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monolith - 15 seconds

monolith - 15 seconds

I approached 15 Seconds with some reservations and fear. Actually I held off investigating this disc for a while, as I was afraid of a repeat of Sub-system, which I found to be wholly uninspired. I approached with much trepidation as I saw this disc in the store. It was sitting next to Diveís Behind the Sun, which I wanted to listen to, as I was low on coin at the time. I wanted to make sure I was going to get my moneys worth. And I thought to myself if I donít listen the Monolith as well I would wonder how it is for the rest of my natural life. So first of all I approached Dive and was happy. Then anxiously looking at my watch and rubbing my moneybag I put the Monolith on. Success. 15 Seconds makes up for the previous misstep, which makes it all okay. My fears were all alleviated, and I went on to live a happy life. I canít expect perfection from everyone, I have made mistakes and I suppose so can Monolith. I feel 15 Seconds, thankfully, to be very inspired and excellent listening. Monolith seems to have returned to a more minimal techno focused industrial that was their forte. And by techno focused I mean techno inspired. That is music that uses electronic dance music to create something new, not just poor industrial, wrapped up in poor dance rhythms. The songs all seem to be much lower key, harkening back to older sounds. Which is not a bad thing these sounds are much more moving and interesting and less bland attempts at vain experimentation. And by experimentation I mean trying to produce power noise when that is obviously not the interest of said band. Just stick to your guns pal and donít let anyone peer pressure you into making what you donít want. One band my faith has been restored in. Hooray.

vizgig @ july 2005