Exo opens with the fourteen minute epic Uncharted. It’s a bold move by Monomyth, but one that defiantly pays off. It’s a sprawling, unfolding drama of music that adds layers upon layers of texture, to create a world of its own possibilities. The track builds until around the ten-and-a-half-minute mark, when it hooks with a head bang worthy riff.
Surface Crawler and Et Oasis display less of an atmospheric side to Monomyth, and give them a chance to exercise their prog muscles. Both of these songs tread very much the same ground as each other-by wise of odd timed riffs-while maintaining a definite difference between them.
So far Monomyth have shown that they are able to combine atmosphere and tension within their music, and this goes double for LHC. This track has a trippy, industrial sound that could be compared to an instrumental Kraftwerk doing doom metal in this century. Space age and robust, this track shows markedly more flare to it than the others so far heard.
Mobius Trip is the final track on Exo, and it manages to combine pretty much all of the tenements and direction that Monomyth have previously displayed on Exo. It can sound somewhat messy at times, but this final track (much like the previous four) shows a great deal of ingenuity and creativity.
Very worth checking out. Listening to Exo has made me want to take a closer look at any other material that Monomyth may have released out of curiosity. Not sure if it will measure up however.
Exo was released 22nd April 2016
- Surface Crawler
- Et Oasis
- Mobius Trip
Peter van der Meer
Thomas van den Reydt