The Belgians Monads captured our attention with their debut demo 'Intellectus Iudicata Veritate'. Consisting on five long songs, that are left to wander amid the Doom/Death and Funeral Doom (though the band considers their sound as Post-Doom), with a muiscal force and brutality disarming, able to sweep a landscape and leave it in the deepest agony and darkness, inhospitable. A good example is the opening theme called 'The Stars Are Screaming', where we face, after a few seconds with this reality, a mix of Evoken, Mournful Congregation and Esoteric. Beyond this devastating side, there are moments of greater calm, where we are provided some time to breathe, 'Broken Gates To Nowhere' is proof of that, where a slow growing and sweet color palette theme extends to lighter shades and mild, in a very similar tune of some Post-Rock Explosions In The Sky and disdain that they do not embrace, of course, ending in a final that brings together all these aspects, giving it a certain aura of epic, I daresay. Or the passage in 'The Absent In These Veins' that ends in a final austere, hard, breathtaking, that makes us dizzy and when recomposed of the hustle, the first thing that occurs is to press the play button again.
While we are treading ground already well known and widely exploited over the last few years, we have to admit that this is a debut work fairly consistent, cohesive, with good songs and the whole is worth much without shadow, blacker than is, in doubt. (16.3/20)