Monobrow: The Nacarat-2017.

Monobrow are an instrumental stoner trio based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Forming in 2009, this band incorporates elements of psychedelic and space rock among a stoner nucleus.

Monobrow would form sometime in 2009. Though little is known of their origins it is known that the trio would record an album at Meatlocker Studios, releasing the eponymous Monobrow on 10 September 2010, with a vinyl release party to follow on 9 April 2011 at The Dominion Tavern in Ottawa.[1] The band performed sporadic shows in Ottawa, including All That Is Heavy with the likes of Blood Ceremony and Iron Man.[2] Working again with Meatlocker Studios a second album in Bennington Triangle Blues would see release in 2012. A vinyl release would be hosted on 26 January 2013 at The Dominion Tavern.[3]

Big Sky, Black Horse would follow on 12 June 2014 with a release show with a release party on 26 July.[4] Big Sky, Black Horse would attain more critical buzz than it’s predecessors, notably from the likes of The Sludgelord,[5]The Burning Beard[6] and The Grim Tower[7] to name a few. The band would keep active with sporadic shows, also releasing an EP entitled A Handwritten Letter From The Moon the next year.

Signing with Trill or Be Trilled in the summer of 2015[8] Monobrow would attain a new label with their next endeavor. Along with shows supporting touring artists such as Elder and appearances at DIY festivals in Canada the band would compose a fourth album. The Nacarat would see release on 31 May 2017 with a release to positive reviews from the likes of New Noise Magazine,[9] Outlaws of The Sun,[10] Merchants of Air[11] and Metal Temple.[12] In the time surrounding the release of The Nacarat, Monobrow would share the stage with a wide arrangement of bands such as 1000modsYawning Man, We Are The Asteroid, Zaum, Strange BroueMarécages and Mountain Dust among others.

From 2018 onwards the band has released a series of numbered recordings under the Dyatlov Station title, usually comprised of jams and unreleased recordings. The band had also released two live albums digitally in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Monobrow remains active in the Ottawa heavy scene while beginning work on a fifth album.

Discography:

MonobrowFull-length2010 
Bennington Triangle BluesFull-length2012
Big Sky, Black HorseFull-length2014
A Handwritten Letter from the MoonEP2015
The NacaratFull-length2017
Live at Turbo HaüsLive album2018 
Targed Again!Live album2019 
Dyatlov Station VISingle2019 
Dyatlov Station VIISingle2020 
Dyatlov Station IISingle2020 
Dyatlov Station VIIISingle2020 
A Decorative Piece of TimeFull-length2021 
Sam Beydoun
Bass (2009-present)
Brian Ahopelto
Drums (2009-present)
Paul Slater
Guitars (2009-present)
See also: ex-Sir Hedgehog
Songs
1.The First Vague Rumblings of Impending Revolution05:37  Show lyrics
2.Capes and Monocles09:03  Show lyrics
3.We Can Make It Look Like an Accident04:54  Show lyrics
4.Twin Sheiks09:46  Show lyrics
5.The Decline of the West and Other Small Tragedies10:01  instrumental
 39:21 

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  1. NausikaDalazBlindaz, April 26th, 2017
    I’d never heard of Monobrow until this, their fourth album, came out this year so I have no idea what the band’s first three albums are like compared to this one. Apparently “The Nacarat” represents a change of direction for these guys: there’s a dystopian concept of class-based sci-fi fantasy warfare behind “The Nacarat” as indicated by intriguing track titles like “The First Vague Rumblings of Impending Revolution” and “The Decline of the West and other Small Tragedies”. Opening track “The First Vague Rumblings …”, appropriately riding on the vague rumblings of a crowd of angry protesters, finally unveils itself as a heavy melodic traditional doom metal song strong on muscular riff hooks and enough pop melodies that all the song needs to transition to potential singles material is some sung lyrics. Heavy brooding bass rumble, menacing guitar grind and occasional moments of atmospheric foreboding put more meat on the song.

    Just when you think we’re in for some heavy doom sludge graveness, along comes a very trippy psychedelic stoner number, “Capes and Monocles”, that has moments of seriousness, but is just as equally light-hearted and loopy in its bubbly effects and jaunty riffs and rhythms. This is quite a long song and the band mixes the light-hearted cosmic bubbles with quieter dark ambient music and sometimes urgent, even desperate prog / hard rock melodies. The trippiness continues onto the next track which boasts a few heavy riffs and runaway lead guitar soloing: while parts are very solid, the overall result seems to be all over the shop going from doom sobriety and brooding acoustic guitar to zany jamming and listeners will be wondering if they’re meant to take this song seriously or not.

    The musicians finally make up their minds with “Twin Sheiks”, a doomy, almost sludge-like track that still breaks out into lighter hard rock grooving and spirals of space ambient drone wash. The noodling around definitely has a serious purpose and sudden frantic lead guitar runs in the later part of the track have the air of warning sirens. The closer “The Decline of the West …” turns out to be a very complex piece that embraces dark urban blues melodies and atmospheres, but tends to be a bit too busy for a track that ends off an album about a possibly apocalyptic war that rends a society apart.

    I definitely think the earlier half of “The Nacarat” is superior to the rest of the album, with the greatest contrasts in style and mood and attitude present in the first two songs. Later songs are not bad but something of the earlier sober attitude disappears and the band seems to fuss and fiddle more with their instruments than to focus on creating and generating definite mood and atmosphere that reflect the album’s theme. Listeners who don’t care too much about what the album is about will enjoy the roller-coaster ride up hill and down dale through exotic surreal science fantasy realms. The songs might have been improved a bit if there’d been a few sung lyrics at the beginning of each track or at particular points in songs before extended jams. On the whole though, this is an enjoyable work of instrumental doom / stoner rock that just missed the space bus to greatness.

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