A horrible hack

Monochrome

Laser

Year Released: 2000
Format: CD
Label: Trans Solar
 
Reviewed by Pete Burn on Jun 13, 2007
First off, these cats feature some ex-Dawnbreed members but as to be expected, this can not be used as a valid musical reference point. Monochrome are truly advanced musicians / composers who create an instantly original feel to the worn 'post-hardcore' genre. Before you even put the CD on you have to navigate the outstanding packaging which is the finest I have seen for a CD in a long-time. It's just a shame that I cannot read the alternating French / German lyrics. Aside from this aspect "Laser" is pretty much faultless from the aforementioned packaging to the slick as fuck production job. Musically, few names come to mind, but I will mention My Bloody Valentine, Drive Like Jehu, Jawbox and Sunny Day Real Estate (all in a very non-specific way). My favourite song is the three minute pop masterpiece 'Kontern'. I love the way Monochrome build up to create subtle melodies which then spiral into dischordance over the sweetest male and female vocal playoffs. This is god damn genius and light years away from any American stuff I have heard from this musical persuasion. In these desperate times of watered down pseudo indie rock, Monochrome come through to show you how it should be done.

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