the amazing post-rock MONO are back in town, and ready to bath the winter in sunlight with Requiem For Hell, their ninth album expected on 14th october on Temporary Residence in the USA and on Pelagic Records in europe. after touring with Shellac during their japanese tour last year, the band asked Steve Albini to (re)join the forces on the new album, reviving a long collaboration that initiated with Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky (2004) and wound up with the highly-acclaimed Hymn To Immortal Wind (2009). the renewal of the Albini collaboration for Requiem For Hell coincided with the birth of a close friend’s first child (Ely, the daughter of Temporary Residence’s owner), whose actual in utero heartbeat serves as the foundation for the aptly named Ely’s Heartbeat .
unlike their remarkable last double album The Last Dawn / Rays Of Darkness – and especially Rays Of Darkness which was the first album in 15 years to feature no orchestral instruments –, the band decided to introduce strings again, probably because their music has always found inspiration in the coexistence of entangled conflicts, such as love and loss, faith and hopelessness, light and darkness.
the heavy 18-minute title track of Requiem For Hell shows yet that MONO intertwines, with splendour, scary melodies and blazing flight of poetry. the official video published today, which was directed by Harri Haataja, offers a mysterious and disquieting glide path to the song.
Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto, MONO’s lead guitarist and composer, explains shortly the birth of Requiem For Hell:
“This album is a series of songs from a flood of inspirations in 2015. After writing song after song and giving them titles, we stumbled upon Dante’s “Divine Comedy” and the story struck a chord with us. “Divine Comedy” is a story about travelling down to Hell, through to purgatory… this is when we decided to use Gustave Dóre’s illustration from “Divine Comedy”’s last scene as the main cover.”
MONO will head to the pond in november on the occasion of an extensive european tour (in the company of the fantastic Alcest and pg.lost, oh joy, oh glorious evening!) and you can already preorder Requiem For Hell here.