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Boomkat Product Review:
Currently celebrating a decade together, Mono have completed this, their fifth studio album, the outcome of a period of hibernation, spent ferreted away writing. A well-deserved hiatus from the band's incessant touring, this album might well rate as their most ambitious offering to date - and that's saying something. If you're in anyway likely to object to post-rock in all its outlandish pomp and grandiosity, Mono might just win you over where their peers could not. As lavish and crammed with symphonics as Hymn To The Immortal Wind may be (this album saw the band enlisting the biggest orchestra they've ever played with) there's a heartfelt rawness to it all that's above and beyond the creative range of so many other bands in the field. Some of that rawness is surely attributable to the presence of producer Steve Albini who keeps the core unit of the band firmly grounded, drawing viscerally effective performances from the assembled players and never being overly dependent on that chamber orchestra for Mono's scope and power. A huge sounding record, full of soaring melodies and maxed-out levels of bombast.