album review : A City in Mono (2011) – Hypomanie

album : A City in Mono

artist : Hypomanie

genre : Post-Black Metal

year : 2011

Every music that has a ‘post’ attached to it’s genre does not bake your head with non-sense. It wasn’t too long ago when I woke up to post-rock music only to be forced to shut-up and concentrate more. Being a very sensitive and sensible side of the music world, bands that play post music choose to outplay their own understanding. Case in point is the post-black metal band Hypomanie and their new album A City in Mono. Fine, they are ordinary black metal but yes they have a post element filling all their tracks which is like an enhancement.

On A City in Mono the band confuses you with their way of tackling happiness and depression. One moment you are smiling, the other you don’t know how to react and on another you are dull. A similar looking graph must have come your way if you have heard any good depressive black metal band but the layers and textures here have a slightly different story to tell. And that is where the catch lies. Production-wise A City in Mono is far from weak although the drums on all the songs are sounding less in comparison to rest of the gear. The shades on the front cover work in favor of the album.

Hypomanie is not some kind of a musical brilliance or anything but I’d say you haven’t heard post-black metal because you don’t know it exists. Rest is open for you to understand.

Rating : 3/5

About Itihas Shetty

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5 responses to “album review : A City in Mono (2011) – Hypomanie

  • Utkarsh

    I have been a Metal-head for the past 14 years and I keep hearing newer and newer genres every other day. And now it is this “post” thingy going on. I wanna know from U….what in the world exactly is “Post”-metal ?? I mean I know bands like Intronaut fall under “post-metal”. But what exactly IS this genre ?? Can U plz shed some light on this ??

    • Itihas Shetty

      hey Utkarsh. Post-metal has been put into words by wikipedia as “Post-metal is a music genre, a mixture between the genres of post-rock and heavy metal. It is broadly characterized by downtuned, distorted guitar(s), heavy atmospherics, gradual evolution of song structure, and a minimal emphasis on vocals.”. I agree with the definition because this is how all-things post come across as. Further this wikipedia Post-metal page should help you understand it better. And I can refer you bands which will make you aware that they are post as they do not sound like any other genre. Hope this helps. cheers man.

  • Utkarsh

    The wonderful world of Metal. Ever growing….and ever fascinating !! 🙂

  • Dante

    This is a terrible review. There’s nothing confusing about the music at all whatsoever. If you look back through their releases Hypomanie’s music often conveys a sense of Light-hearted depression. The fact that you can’t grasp that only serves to make you look like another idiot metalhead with no grasp on any emotion outside of hate, anger, rage, and revilement. I’m not trying to promote the band personally but I felt this review was inaccurate and failed to actually list a single valid point against the album.

    On a side note the band uses a drum machine instead of a live drummer. The drums are meant to be downplayed versus the rest of the music and are more of a compliment than anything else.

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