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Behold! The Monolith — Architects of the Void

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★☆☆ This album finds the star-crossed band aiming for Mastodon-style sludge… and just missing the mark slightly. The music lands in this uncanny valley where it’s too wanky to effectively grab you the way that great stoner metal usually does, and at the same time too often the music is also sleepier than you’d want from a fun shredfest. There are interesting moments throughout the entire album (“The Mithriditist” is fannntastic), but they’re mired down with a fair bit of mood-setting mud.