MONOLITH – Mountain
Ah, sweet psychedelic doom hard rock – Germany’s Monolith have been active since 2010 and their second album "Mountain" puts the quartet firmly on point with addictive, low-tuned riffs, grooves, and a singer that should be out on tour with Black Sabbath instead of Ozzy at this point. The psychedelic part comes in the adventurous instrumental sections for the slower "Tide" as well as closing instrumental section of the opening monumental title track.
Acoustic guitars give the bluesy number "Blackbird" a swampy feel, the harmonica an extra nice touch as you feel the pecking and whiny delivery numbing your soul. Guitarists Ralf Brummerloh and Ron Osenbrück lay down low-tuned electric bliss, the type of energy in slow paces that Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, and others in that ilk believe is their passion. Audiences sway to the low groove of "Vultures", the riffs and bass circling in and out for an impending attack.
Monolith should appeal to all who miss the doom hard rock and psychedelic maneuvers of the early 70’s Sabbath-era, as "Mountain" just grooves, the riffs hot as Ralf’s Ozzy-esque wails send chills through the air.