|Country:||Ukraine / Russia|
|Label:||Symbol Of Domination Productions / More Hate Productions|
"Life is nothing, but life is worth living". With these words printed on the booklet, the Ukrainian/Russian duo Montes Insania welcomes us to their self-proclaimed absurdist world, as their second full-length release "Absurdum" heavily draws inspiration from the works of French writers Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus (especially the latter).
After the debut in 2013, the band continued their relationship with the Russian company Satanath Records, this time releasing their record through the sub-label Symbol Of Domination — together with the fellow Russian label More Hate Productions — in 500 physical copies. An interesting fact about this release is that it also includes the four songs featured on their 2014 EP "I Am Empty" at the end. Multi-instrumentalist Andrey Tvorogov covered all aspects of the music and visual art, while Eugene was in charge of the vocals, and both contributed to the lyrics.
The artwork just screams post-black metal through its expressionist mountainous landscape, band logo on top, album title at the bottom. We are confronted with a scenery observed by someone apparently tormented by existence's most vital questions, while Sisyphus keeps on bringing the stone up to the top of those mountains ("Absurdum"). Montes Insania's music is mainly a mixture of post- and depressive black metal, interspersed with livelier sections here and there (as in the instrumental "Etude In Color Of Past", or in "Farther And Farther"), all contributing to quite a diverse experience.
My main issue with this work is perhaps the fact that the lyrics and lettering aren't as effective as they could have been with a little more attention. The duo is quite comfortable in the post-black metal environment and I am sure they will keep on changing things for the better in the future. The EP included at the end allows us to peek into the slightly more aggressive band's recent past.