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Titel / Title In Absentia Christi 
Label Displeased Records 
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No, Monumentum arenīt back and they havenīt released a new record, "In Absentia Christi" is a re-release of the highly acclaimed record from 1995. Itīs Avangarde Doom and still considered to be "the most obscure album created on Italian land ever"and groundbreaking for this very genre. However that might be understood, this atmosphere of suffering and depression catches you right away. If not already during the two instrumental pieces "Battesimo: Nero Opaco" and "Thousand Breathing Crosses" at the beginning, then at the latest, when vocals start during "Consuming Jerusalem". The vocals sound, like thereīs someone suffering great pain, both mentally and physically, fitting the whole sound pretty well. "In Absentia Christi" is for sure no CD, thatīs easy to digest. You really have to be into this whole Doom thing, else youīll simply give up with those slow-paced material. Track four, being a darker version of Visageīs "Fade To Grey", changes the atmosphere, featuring female vocals, that alter beetween lower singing, operatic parts and speaking, definitely a less doomy track, almost kinda darkwave. Some songs are reinterpretations of poems by Terchetti and Leopardi. The way the songs are linked and fade into each other etc, make it almost appear like some kind of concept album ,whereas it is none. Apart from the songs that have been on the original, a re-issue bonus track "In Misery Front Row" has been added and the artwork has been redone completely.

Since itīs a re-release, no rating - however, the (Avantgarde)Doom Fans, that couldnīt get hold of this piece back in the 90s have another chance right here to grab it. One thing is for sure, this is probably some of the darkest stuff Iīve hard from Italy.

Cornelia Wickel

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