Monolord - No Comfort Album Review/Stream [Relapse Records 2019]
About The Band
Formed in 2013, this Swedish sludge and doom metal power trio Monolord have rocked the streets of Gothenburg for the past six years now, cementing themselves as a highly prominent player in the intensely competitive Scandanavian heavy metal scene. The band continues to be a rising force within their respective community to this day, building up their home base as well as attracting fans from all over the world. No Comfort is the latest project from the band, and while only six tracks made the cut, the album still manages to surpass the forty-five-minute mark. Let’s see if it’s worth the time demand.
Right off the bat, the opening track ‘The Bastard Son’ delivers the sludgy goods, with hints here and there of stoner and even alternative elements. The vocals have a nice distant feeling as if singing guitarist Thomas V Jager is howling from inside a deep cave. Match that with the thick and muddy instrumental tones and it’s quite literally the most perfect production style that you could hope from a band in this style. Mika Hakki’s bass work lands perfectly on the mix, not fading too far behind the brooding guitar as I had first feared, while Esben Willems performs a steady line of drum patterns. While the album is quite literally a sludge fest coated in layers of doom, moments like the intro to ‘Larvae’ also bring some much-needed variation, offering some pretty beautiful atmospheric soundscapes. This unique element of softness is further elaborated on in ‘Alone Together’, which is perhaps the most stand out track off the record, playing out like a heartbroken and haunting ballad.
Culminating in an epic ten-minute album closer with the title track, No Comfort is an album that without a doubt scratches the neverending itch for doom-filled sludge metal, with a tinge of that lovable Scandanavian flavor. Monolord is certainly not a band to overlook at this point, as this latest record proves their best work may still be yet to come. A solid entry in their musical catalog, No Comfort is easily one of the better metal records to drop as of late, with a strong recommendation to all metalheads. Don’t miss out!