MONOCHROMACY - "Living Posture"
(Stay Strange Records)
Guitar droner Esteban Flores returns for his 6th installment in his Monochromacy project, a destructive and solitary journey through an underworld of inner torment called Living Posture. This release walks the lines between many genres, bringing dark ambient, black metal, and noise elements together in a frighteningly satisfying way.
If you are at least passingly familiar with what vocals normally sound like on a black metal record, you can probably imagine a guttural, primal scream that in the context of a wall of heavy guitar riffs and drums, would make a lot of sense. In Living Posture's third track Animus, during a long drone-filled passage, a tortured voice begins to howl into the night. It becomes a lot more intimate and personal in an intense way. This layering of foreboding and deep sounds, augmented by effect-driven primitive vocalizations is where Monochromacy's artistic strength shines.
If you are searching for your next metal fix, but want to walk through uncharted regions of musical purgatory, consider this release. Living Posture is a long, doomed descent down a cold, sloping tunnel into the smokey blindness of eternal night, pierced by inhuman wails and distorted metal guitar drones that brings all the mighty cathartic anguish that it promises - a shadowy hellscape of extreme upheaval.