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The Amanuensis

July 8, 2014 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 8, 2014
  • Release Date: July 8, 2014
  • Label: Century Media
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  • Total Length: 1:04:25
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  • ASIN: B019ELUPW8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,094 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Monuments are a progressive groove metal band from the UK, known for being one of the earlier major bands in the "djent" prog movement. They were formed in 2007 by former Fellsilent guitarist John Browne and Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza guitarist Josh Travis. After a few lineup changes, they released their debut EP We Are The Foundation in 2010, joined by bassist Adam Swan, drummer Mike Malyan, and co-vocalists Neema Askari (also from Fellsilent) and Greg Pope. Askari, Pope, and Travis left in 2010 and were replayed by guitarist Olly Steele and vocalist Matt Rose. This line-up released the full-length debut Gnosis in 2012. Some time after that album's release, Rose left and was replaced by former Periphery and current Ever Forthright vocalist Chris Barretto. This line-up released Amanuensis in the summer of 2013. How does the album compare to their earlier work? Let's find out.

Monuments' style of "djent" is very particular in that their sound has an emphasis on interspersing technical structures with a lot of groove-based riffs. I was originally not much of a fan of their sound but it did indeed grow on me, and I grew to appreciate and enjoy all of their releases to date. As I mentioned, Monuments' style is very groove based, often having lot of slap bass to go with the sound. Browne's trademark rhythm style is a major driving point for this release, and Steele compliments the riffage very well. Swan has a lot of infectious bass grooves throughout the album complimented by Malyan's drumming. However, I feel the other major standout is Barretto's very impressive and diverse vocal range.
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There has been a lot of hype for this CD, the band had to find a new singer (seems to effect a lot of current bands these days); it seems their previous CD Gnosis just came out but here we go! Bottom line, it's melodic, rhythmic, dynamic, expertly produced, easily one of the best CDs of the year (but behind Intervals). The mostly clean vocals of Chris Baretto sound fantastic (quite a lot like Mike Semesky of Intervals). I didn't believe the hype at first, now that I've heard the whole thing, I can confirm this lives up to it.
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Monuments has definitely filled some bigger shoes on this record. Mind you, this is essentially their first record with 100% untouched music. Gnosis, their previous effort, contained a decent amount of new songs, but the remainder of the disc were re-vamped editions of previously recorded tracks (Admit Defeat, etc.). Their addition of Chris Barretto was a very smart decision. His soaring Michael Jackson-esque cleans and quite intense growls contain and execute a much deeper dynamic to John Browne's extremely challenging insutrmentation. Speaking of which, his writing on The Amanuensis seems to have more of an accessible vibe whilst sacrificing none of the complexity from previous efforts. Mike Malyan is a total dominator as always on the kit, and he conplements the bands hard-to-soft transitions very effectively. Overall, the band meshes very diverse styles effortlessly, and provides a highly engaging listen.

Highlight Tracks (in my opinion)

- Origin of Escape
- Atlas
- Garden of Sankhara
- Saga City
- I, The Destroyer

Essentially everything is a must-listen! This will probably get airplay for years to come.
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By z on September 1, 2014
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Impressive. I don't usually dig this kind of metal as some bands seem to get lost in technicality and just...miss the point of making a song that is fulfilling to listen to. Anyways, stumbled across this and was very happy with the feel and flavor of the songs. The clean vocals are refreshing for this genre as well.
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I really like the direciton Monuments is headed, with tracks like I, The Destroyer, and The Alchemist. There are far more that I enjoyed from this album than Gnosis, and I know that miffs a lot of fans that liked their less refined sound, but this works better for my ears.
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The latest incarnation of Monuments is perfect, if this incredible album is any indicator. Easily one of the best prog/alt metal albums I've ever heard. The vocals are diverse and beautifully atypical, the musicianship is highly skillful and creative, and the songwriting simply a stroke of genius. Do yourself a massive favor and buy this album already!
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This album is my favorite so far of 2015. It teleports my mind into a new realm that many bands I listen too struggle with. I was in awe of I, The Creator and hooked with Origin of Escape (plus their lyric video is flat out ridiculously cool!)
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Their best work yet. Monuments has REALLY stepped their game up. I could do without the live tracks at the end, but this album is SO huge. Musically, it was straightforward and heavy, and the technical parts are written for the song, not for the sake of being technical. Damn good work.
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