AUDIO: Mono’s “Ely’s Heartbeat”

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Mono fans no longer have to wait a long time for something new, as the Japanese heavy ragers will be coming out with a new release on October 14th through Temporary Residence Ltd. It’ll be called Requiem For Hell and if the title is enticing, then wait until you hear a track from it, which I offer below. It’s called “Ely’s Heartbeat”. If time is the clock of the heart, you don’t have to wait much longer for a new album to be released.

AUDIO: Takaakira “Taka” Goto’s “Delicate Madness”

If you’re a longtime fan of the Japan band Mono, you are going to check out a new exploration from guitarist Taakakira “Taka” Goto. Technically, it’s not really a “new” epxloration, for he started writing and recording his solo album in 2003 but due to different reasons, he hasn’t been able to finish it, perhaps certain things were not to his liking. It seems he is ready as teh time is right for music fans to hear an album he’s called Classical Punk And Echoes Under The Beauty (Pelagic). The album will be out on April 24th, vinyl can be pre-ordered from here while CD version can be ordered there.

VIDEO: Mono’s “Where We Begin”

Mono will release two new albums yesterday, this is from the The Last Dawn album, a video directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki called “Where We Begin”. It’s a wonderful mixture of performance footage and theatrics. Those within North America who prefer their albums on CD will be able to purchase them next week Tuesday. As for the theatrical segment, it’s taken from a short film Miyazaki made also called Where We Begin, which you can find out about by clicking here.


SOME STUFFS: Mono to release two new albums on same day

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Waiting for new Mono music has never lead to more impatience from fans, but fans are going to get a treat on October 28th, when Mono release two different albums. Both albums are said to have been recorded during the same time, meaning that all of the songs were done during the same set of recording sessions, but each set of songs sound distinct from one another, so it will sound and feel like two separate experiences.

The Last Dawn is said to be “milder” or “quieter” than the other, and the six songs that will be on there will fit perfectly on a single record. The band hasn’t been that “compact” for a long time, so if you ever wanted to hear your Mono short and to the point but without losing their strengths, you’ll get a chance to here. This is the track listing for The Last Dawn:
1. The Land Between Tides/Glory
2. Kanata
3. Cyclone
4. Elysian Castles
5. Where We Begin
6. The Last Dawn

If a delicate Mono may sound weird, the concept for the second album may trip you out a bit, as Rays Of Darkness will be the first band album in 15 years to not have any orchestras whatsoever. None. What will be in its place is more heaviness, more distortion, more metal, even a slightly punk attitude, courtesy of Envy’s Tetsu Fukagawa. One record will deliver you true beauty, while the Darkness presented here will keep you trying to find the light. Here is its official track listing:
1. Recoil, Ignite
2. Surrender
3. The Hand That Holds the Truth
4. The Last Rays

It’s uncertain if the band will perform both albums in a live setting with mixed track listings, or if there will be two different sets with each “mood” explored, or if they’ll tour at all, so we’ll see when it happens. Temporary Residence Ltd. in the U.S. have both albums available via pre-order, so go here for The Last Dawn or go there to look over Rays Of Darkness. Both albums will be released on vinyl as one package.

VIDEO: Mono’s “Dream Odyssey”

Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do. So said Major Tom to ground control, who found himself going insane up there in outer space. The same dilemma is going on in the animated character found in the new video by Mono called “Dream Odyssey”, from their latest For My Parents album.

North American fans will be able to see them for a week, catch them if you haven’t already ordered a ticket:

November 15… Toronto, ON (Legendary Horseshoe Tavern) ♎
November 16… Montreal, QC (La Sala Rossa) ♎
November 17… Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall) ♎
November 18… New York, NY (Le Poisson Rouge) ♎
November 19… Philadelphia, PA (Johnny Brenda’s) ♎
November 20… Washington, DC (Rock & Roll Hotel) ♎
November 21… Cleveland, OH (Beachland Ballroom) ʖ
November 22… Chicago, IL (Bottom Lounge) ʖ
November 23… Ferndale, MI (The Loving Touch) ʖ

♎ = w/ Majeure
ʖ = w/ Mick Turner

Mono are also in the United States recording a soundtrack for a forthcoming four-part mini series to air in Japan on the WOWOW Network called Kanatanoko. The first single from it, “Kanata”, will be released on November 27th, in time for the show’s premiere on the 1st of December.

VIDEO: Mono’s “Legend: A Journey Through Iceland”

New Mono album is on its way, and with a new album comes the first video made for it. It’s for the 12-minute “Legend: A Journey Through Iceland”. Long song, long title, from Mono’s long awaited For My Parents. Don’t long any longer. Press play.

What to expect from the video? Images. I know, “no shit, John”, but you will not see the band in any fashion. The photos, like the song title suggests, are meant to take you on a journey. Go.

SOME STUFFS: Mono to take on North America this autumn

With the band playing a music festival in Japan this weekend and dates set for an Asian tour, Mono have just announced dates for their return to North American soil at the end of the summer. Have a look:

September 11 Pittsburgh, PA Mr Smalls
September 12 Toronto, ON Horseshoe
September 13 Montreal, PQ Il Motore
September 14 New York, NY LPR
September 15 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands
September 16 Boston, MA Brighton
September 17 Buffalo, NY Soundlab
September 18 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
September 19 Columbus, OH Ace Of Cups
September 20 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
September 21 Chicago, IL Subterranean
September 22 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
September 23 Iowa City, IA Gabes
September 25 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
September 26 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
September 27 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
Sptember 28 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
September 29 Boise, ID Neurolux
October 1 Vancouver, BC The Media Club
October 2 Seattle, WA Crocodile
October 3 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
October 5 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw
October 6 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg
October 8 San Diego, CA Casbah
October 9 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
October 10 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
October 11 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Place
October 12 Dallas, TX Sons of Hermann Hall
October 13 Austin, TX Mohawk
October 14 Houston, TX Fitzgeralds
October 15 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
October 17 Tampa, FL Crowbar
October 18 Orlando, FL Social
October 19 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
October 20 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
October 21 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (purgatory stage)
October 23 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
October 25 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
October 26 Hamden, CT The Space
October 27 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie

AUDIO: Mono’s “Dream Odyssey”

The compact discs for the brand new Mono are ready to be shipped to various destinations. I have not heard For My Parents yet, but Mono fans are drooling after hearing this, the first bit of full sound from the album, which will be released on the 4th of Spetember on Temporary Residence Limited.

SOME STUFFS: Dates announced for first Asian leg of Mono tour

News about new music from Mono is causing a ripple effect, and this will too. The band have announced concert dates for the first Asian leg of what theyr’e calling their For Our Parents tour. They will be playing at the FujiRock Festival next month before taking a brief break and then heading to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea before heading back home. Again, this is the “first leg”, so more shows in Asia will follow.

July 28th… Nigata, Japan (FujiRock Festival)
August 15th… Beijing, China (Yugong Yishan)
August 17th… Shanghai, China (Livehouse)
August 18th… Chengdu, China (East District Music Park)
August 20th… Wuhan, China (VOX)
August 22th… Guangzhou, China (T-Union)
August 23rd… Hong Kong (Hidden Agenda)
August 24th… Taipei, Taiwan (The Wall)
August 25th… Kaohsiung, Taiwan (The Wall)
August 26th – Seoul, South Korea (Sang Sang Madang)
August 31st – Tokyo, Japan (LiquidRoom)
September 7th – Osaka, Japan (Shangri-La)

To order tickets, click here.

SOME STUFFS: Japan’s Mono break the silence with news of new album

The last time fans had heard from Japan’s Mono, they released the brilliant album Holy Ground: NYC Live album, and that was in 2010.

The album commemorated their ten years as a band, but would they fade away and never come back. The answer is here:

This is a brief video showing the group recording new material for an album that will be released in the fall. The video was uploaded by the band themselves, so this isn’t some fan-driven wish, this is the real deal. Of course, a 2:34 video can’t possible hint at what is only being promoted as a “double LP”, which means a good amount of music awaits this fall.