Exclusive Stream & Review: The Monolith Deathcult – “Todesnacht von Stammheim”

It’s our pleasure to bring you a new track, “Todesnacht von Stammheim, off The Monolith Deathcult‘s upcoming full-length Tetragrammaton, out May 10th (May 14th in US) via Season of Mist. Check out our review and track below.

The Monolith Deathcult – “Todesnacht von Stammheim”
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The Monolith Deathcult
Tetragrammaton
(Season of Mist)

The Monolith Deathcult came out of nowhere with their third release and my first actual exposure to them in the form of 2008’s Triumvirate. That record blew me away with such tracks like “Deus Ex Machina” and “Wrath Of The Baath” which are continued on “Todesnacht von Stammheim” and the breathtakingly bombastic opener “Gods Among Insects” which is what would happen if Behemoth and Morbid Angel got into a fight with an orchestra of malfunctioning robots. A gentleman who very much resembles the voice of the original Optimus Prime also makes several appearances here, narrating what seems to be a tongue-in-cheek story that might appeal more to fans of Dethklok than anything else, which seems to be where the album falls a bit since listening to these intros the first time might elicit a chuckle on “S.A.D.M.” but will not resonate with further listens and become redundant. Thankfully, each and every track on this album explodes with unchained fury and technical prowess that will make a believer out of anyone who considers them dismissible due to their slight comedic nature. Everything from Middle Eastern chants “Aslimu…” and knife sharpening “Drugs, Thugs, & Machetes” to strangled saxophone “Human Wave Attack” has been utilized here along with the synths and sounds of battle that sound like they came from the film score to one of the most barbaric films that you’ve never seen. The entire album feels like just that – a movie that’s worth watching again and again, a thundering torrent of destruction and finesse that will appeal to the most hardcore of death metal fans with their worship of Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Death, Nile, Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Hail Of Bullets, Hate and Asphyx as well as those who like their theatrics over the top and in the vein of acts like Septic Flesh and Behemoth. Considering the fact that the band’s last release came out five years ago, this was definitely worth the lengthy waiting period. It is not only better than Triumvirate, it topples completely over it; leaving only a mass of goo behind. True to the album’s namesake, this is most certainly the voice of God in the form of death metal and might be one of the most grandiose metal albums ever released in the history of mankind. It’s also bursting at the seams with some of the most fierce and frantic guitar soloing I’ve heard in quite a while, further cementing the fact that you really need to have this in your collection. It’s a definite contender for the best metal album of the year, just like their last release – but no surprise there. With this album The Monolith Deathcult will finally get the recognition that they’ve so richly deserved. “Supreme avant-garde death metal” indeed.
(Eric May)

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Also, check out the lyric video for the song below!

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Eric May gives this album:

Review Rating

5

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Pascal
    April 17, 2013

    “this is most certainly the voice of God in the form of death metal and might be one of the most grandiose metal albums ever released in the history of mankind”. That is *awesome* Great review!

    The “strangled saxofone”in Human Wave Attack is actually a string instrument called a kemenche. That is, if we’re talking about the same sound.

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      Michiel
      April 18, 2013

      I think the reviewer doesn’ mean the Kemenche, I think he means the Azan(Ali)

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