Mono is a Japanese post rock band. Since they formed, they have defined post rock as we know it today. Hymn To The Immortal Wind has Mono do what they know best again. It is brilliant post rock, but sounds a little too similar to their previous albums – however, one could argue that if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Yet another guitar-driven crescendo-laden post rock album.
Beautiful sweeping guitars and ever thickening textures make this album brilliant. But really, nothing differentiates it from Mono’s previous efforts. You really could just be listening to One Step More And You Die again. *soft guitar* *another soft guitar* *bass guitar* *slow drum beat* *drums get louder* blah blah blah *everything gets more dramatic* *boom! climax*. You know the drill.
It’s not bad, but. While, objectively, the album is pretty stock standard and unoriginal, subjectively it is another brilliant, emotional and beautiful record from one of the high priests of post rock. Apparently people go to Mono concerts and cry, and the beauty of their latest effort shows that the band are keeping that emotive response in their music. Again, if it’s not broke, why fix it?
If you’re a Mono fan, then this album is for you. If not, then it’s not. If you have never heard of them, this may be a good place to start. This is the post rock that I fell in love with.
Choice tracks: Pure As Snow, The Battle To Heaven