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Review: The Mist from the Mountains - Monumental - The Temple of Twilight
The Mist from the Mountains
Monumental - The Temple of Twilight

Label: Primitive Reaction
Year released: 2022
Duration: 37:43
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 13, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Monumental - The Temple of Twilight

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

A name like The Mist from the Mountains should evoke images of faraway lands full of strange enchantments and epic struggles, and that exactly what happened each time I listened to Monumental – The Temple of Twilight. This band plays epic black metal in the vein of Finsterforst’s Rastlos and Summoning’s Old Morning’s Dawn, mixing dry, rasping vocals and melodic yet jagged guitars with acoustic instruments and softer passages. They use keyboards, naturally, to enhance and expand the atmosphere created by their music as well as some clean singing, both male and female. Much of their music will sound comfortably familiar to fans of this style and there are plenty of peaks and valleys over the course of the album to lose yourself in. I particularly enjoy the track "Thus Spake the Tongueless Serpent," both for its emotional ebb and flow but also for the almost prog keyboard work, something I’ve not heard in epic black metal previously. It might sound weird at first, since typically the keyboards are focused on voluminous chords, but the startling change made the song that much more interesting to my ears. All the songs are excellent as are the performances, and the only thing that might be considered a "knock" is that The Mist from the Mountains don’t innovate, they color within the lines for the most part. However, they do what they do quite well, so if epic black metal is your thing, this is a band to check out.

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