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Reviewed on 12th May 2004.

 
 

Before The Fall

By Mondo

Once in a while a CD comes along which is very special indeed. Today is one of those days. Produced by the band themselves and released on their own label this is Mondo's second album, "Before the Fall". This is an amazing harmonious adventure.

The journey begins with "Slow Star", which is a hypnotic track with a repetitious riff which slowly draws you under its spell until you are only aware of the pulsating electronics drifting between your ears, everything else just passes you by.

Then with a jolt you are woken up with "Against the numbers" with its robotic, machine like riffage which would get anyone moving. Songs drift in and out of each other, at times loud and at times so quiet and beautiful, there's so much going on around the music. It has been so well crafted almost like the band have spent an age making sure that every tiny effect is perfectly in place.

Sounds just wash over you in each song coupled with heart felt vocals and lyrics that have been pulled out, from deep in side the singer's soul.

The album leaves the listener in a dream like state in a similar style to Mogwai or Sigur Ros. There is so much depth here that on every listen the music has something new to offer. You hear things that you didn't realise were there before.

"This is all Wrong" has dark harmonies that melt in with the surrounding effects to produce a cold musical landscape. Other tracks are rich, full and up tempo with screaming vocals and guitars that trip out as if they were from one of Josh Homme's early Desert Sessions.

All in all this is an atmospheric masterpiece, so unique and wonderful in every way. One of the records of the year so far. This is an adventure that everyone should go on.

 

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On 22nd May 2004 at 23:50 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

I can not recommend this album enough. go buy it you fools

 

On 23rd May 2004 at 12:39 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

And no the band are not friends of mine, nor do they know me in any way.

 

On 1st July 2004 at 22:38 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

infact it came out last week. Mike_Q, you'd like this

 

On 2nd July 2004 at 10:31 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Cool, I'll check it out!

 

On 2nd July 2004 at 11:29 Anonymous 1200 wrote...

yawn

 

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On 2nd July 2004 at 11:52 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

sneeze

 

On 2nd July 2004 at 16:38 Anonymous 1200 wrote...

parp

 

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On 2nd July 2004 at 18:50 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

screech

 

On 3rd July 2004 at 00:22 Anonymous 1200 wrote...

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On 3rd July 2004 at 10:24 Anonymous 251 wrote...

mouse

 

On 3rd July 2004 at 11:02 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaawwww

 

On 3rd July 2004 at 11:22 Anonymous 13 wrote...

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On 3rd July 2004 at 12:00 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

is that it? i got out of bed for that?

 

On 3rd July 2004 at 13:12 Anonymous 1200 wrote...

There was a perfectly amiable conversation going on and you just can't help butting in with your contraversial audio clips. Wht must you always be so argumentative? WHY?

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On 3rd July 2004 at 13:21 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Now where were we..... meeeeoooow

 

On 3rd July 2004 at 15:49 Anonymous 1200 wrote...

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On 4th July 2004 at 00:22 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

*burp*

 

On 4th July 2004 at 02:22 Anonymous 1200 wrote...

mmmmm

 

On 5th July 2004 at 14:32 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

woof

 
 
 

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