Genre/Influences: Electro & metal, industrial-metal.
Background/Info: Rave The Reqviem actually has their second full length album “The Gospel Of Nil” in the pipeline. “Mono Heart” is meant as an appetizer to welcome the new opus of the Swedish formation driven by ‘The Prophet’ (aka Filip Lönnqvist) and ‘The Holy Mother’ (Filip’s mother). This release is also available as a strictly limited 7” vinyl.
Content: Rave The Reqviem moves on mixing great dark-electronics together with harsh and metal-driven guitar parts. There’s a nice duality running on “Mono Heart”, which also is the main element of the vocals production. You have the harsh and ‘evil’ vocals of ‘The Prophet’ at one side and the angelic, soprano vocals of ‘The Holy Mother’ at the other side. It creates a delicious twist revealing a great title song.
The “Electro Mix” sounds like the title indicates much more electro-wise while the B-side song “The Antedilvvian Lullaby”is something totally different. This song has been fixed with symphonic arrangements and female vocals rise to the surface. It’s an original song although not fully representative for this band and which even makes me think of an industrial version of Enya.
+ + + : “Mono Heart” is an excellent EP to announce the new album by Rave The Reqviem. The title song is absolutely great revealing a great mix between electronics and metal, but still noticeable electro treatments. The B-side cut is something you clearly can put on an EP. It reveals a different face of the band and who knows, maybe the basis for a more conceptual album or a side-project.
– – – : I like the B-side song, but it’s for sure not the most representative cut from this band. This EP is clearly meant to promote the upcoming full length.
Conclusion: Rave The Reqviem is one of those bands trying to compose something different. The mix of dark-electro and metal music is not that new, but definitely not common and not always that successful, but this band seems to have found the key to success!
Best songs: “Mono Heat”, “Mono Heat – Electro Mix”.