Monolord are the boss of the low graveyard sound, thriving on destructive bass lines, or guitar riffs, with the guitars tuned in maybe drop-C so who really knows anyway. Vaenir has the killer nihilistic riffs, the warped vocals, the glorious emptiness that comes with repetition, and the slow whiplash-inducing-head-bobbing rhythm. Top tier doom metal.
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7/10 gbar Customer review, 6th March 2017
Though by no means a big name in the stoner/doom field yet, there is something I find steadfastly reassuring about the Swedish trio Monolord. Basing my opinion off last year’s debut LP "Empress Rising", their very recent London show and now album #2, "Vænir", there is nothing truly revelatory about their style that I haven’t heard done by a host of others, but the thumping tone they provide and the overall conviction of performance does enough to generate warmth in my cold, stubborn heart. While it may paint in few colours and with limited strokes "Vænir" is not just the weightiest album I’ve heard in some time, but is certifiably better than the latest Electric Wizard and Windhand records – enough to make doom fans take note.
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