Label: Skuld Releases - SKULD 010 • Format: Vinyl LP, Test Pressing, White Label • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Remasters of classic albums are often unnecessary and run the risk of sterilizing the sound.
For Amebix's groundbreaking Monolithwhile not usurping the original as the definitive version, the remaster was well worth doing. This remaster goes far beyond that of Arise! The sound is transformed; it's as if they stepped into the studio yesterday. Bass lines that were drowned out now rise to the forefront. The drums sound so astoundingly good they might of well have been re-recorded.
While the remastering was worth doing, the extras here are largely unnecessary. The demos are only really a curiosity for the diehards and the sound on the live album is decent at best. As much as The Power Remains - Amebix - The Power Remains could spend all day on it, I'll limit my ravings on why Monolith is one of heavy music's crowning achievements to this paragraph.
While No Sanctuary and Arise! Monolith swaps much of the proto-sludge The Power Remains - Amebix - The Power Remains Arise! Their ability to move mountains with dead-simple riffs is matched only by Celtic Frost in their prime. The band still has the spitfire exuberance of youthful abandon, but are more cohesive in their songwriting and more powerful in their atmosphere than before.
While the original recording is fairly rough, it no doubt fit the punishing crusty sound. However, the remaster does not drain the album of its vigor, rather it transforms it into something that almost should Memphis Exorcism - Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hot considered a separate album. I like both versions and listen for different reasons.
While the original is the one I fell in love with and will always be the classic, the new take is quite interesting and well worth discovering. The sound is big and modern, without being reduced to sounding brickwalled or sterile. The guitar is big and mean while sounding clearer than ever. The bass is insane, and bass lines that before where burried now shine through. Now you can hear it the whole way through. The drums are clearer and more powerful than ever. The difference is so stark the first time I heard it I had a sneaking suspicion they just low-key re-recorded the drums altogether.
Some demos for the album are included and I suppose this is a relatively cool thing for the diehards, but let's be honest these versions aren't that great. I've heard them before and I soon realized that they actually went back and remastered the demos, which seems kind of silly and unnecessary.
The guitar tone is insanely thin and bad and all the remastering in the world can't really save this. However, the bass and drums are much improved and the bass is honestly much more easy to follow than the guitar. As for the live shit, this is a massive missed opportunity. How fucking cool would it have been to hear some recent live shows where they reinterpret their old songs through their new sound?
I've heard some of this off YouTube and it's fucking incredible; the way they re-do the keyboards to those old tunes is just fucking nuts. Instead we're given some poorly recorded material from back in the day. I'm The Power Remains - Amebix - The Power Remains it would have been fucking killer to have been there, but the recording quality is so poor it's not really worth making a live album out of. To make matters worse, some of the live songs are on here twice as the material is taken from two different shows.
I'd recommend getting this for the remaster and ignoring the rest. The demos and live stuff have poor recording quality and I don't really want to hear worse versions The Power Remains - Amebix - The Power Remains songs Infernal - Cássia Eller - Rock in Rio Ao Vivo just listened to.
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