Burning WorldBritish doom metallers Conan offer up the band's first LP on a bed of heavy, full-bodied drone. The monotonous beat,
British doom metallers Conan offer up the band's first LP on a bed of heavy, full-bodied drone. The monotonous beat on the opening "Hawk as Weapon" sets a perfect head-nodding tone, while vocals from new bassist Phil Coloumbe cry an epic, uplifting battle hymn in the background. Monnos embodies a resounding heavy atmosphere powered by the clear, fastidious beats of drummer Paul O'Neil. Combined with the call-and-answer effect of Coloumbe's vocals mixed with guitarist Jon Davis' growls, the album has both momentum and depth. Conan is able to move from the rumbling heaviness of "Grim Tormentor" into the slow and spare track "Golden Axe," which creates an atmosphere reminiscent of Pelican or Earth. And then, just when you think the band can't get any lower on the register, the depth of Coloumbe and O'Neil's vocals together on "Headless Hunter" takes it to another level of heavy. It's no surprise the band has been asked to open for doom demi-gods Sleep.
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