Art doom metal quartet Monno is built around the cross-cultural partnership of saxophonist Antoine Chessex and multi-instrumentalist/sound artist Gilles Aubry, plus a commanding rhythm section. Combining experimental free jazz progressiveness with the bass-driven thud of the heaviest doom metal, GHOSTS is an uncompromising but powerful listen. The five lengthy tracks explore a surprising variety of emotional shadings within what is too often thought of as a limited palette of sounds and moods. In particular, the opening "Negative Horizon" sets the stage for a ferocious but engrossing set.
by Charity Stafford