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Hymn to the Immortal Wind [Slimline]

Album: Hymn to the Immortal Wind [Slimline]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ashes in the Snow
2)    Burial at Sea
3)    Silent Flight, Sleeping Dawn
4)    Pure as Snow (Trails of the Winter Storm)
5)    Follow the Map
6)    Battle to Heaven, The
7)    Everlasting Light
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Yoda, Takaakira "Taka" Goto (electric guitar); Andra Kulans (violin, viola); Jody Livo, Carol Kalvonjian, Chie Yoshinaka, Steve Winkler, Carmen Llop Kassinger, Inger Carle, Katherine Hughes, Jeff Yang, Susan Voelz (violin); Eille Bakum, Benton Wedge, John Sagos, Vannia Phillips (viola); Richard Yeo, Mark Anderson , Ellen O'Hayer, Wendy Cotton, Michael Duggan, Margaret Daly Davies, Jill Kaeding, Alison Chesley (cello); Jennifer Clippert, Mary Stolper (flute); Yasunori Takada (glockenspiel, drums, cymbals, timpani); Kent Kessler (double bass).
  • Audio Mixer: Steve Albini .
  • Recording information: Electrical Audio Recording Studios, Chicago, IL (06/2008-11/2008).
  • Any band that's been around for a decade will show some progression, and Japan's majestic Mono is no exception. True to form, on the heels of 10 years of playing together, they've recorded their most elaborately orchestrated album yet. A sweeping, cinematic set of six songs, HYMN TO THE IMMORTAL WIND finds the band collaborating with a large chamber orchestra, lending them a dramatic gravitas that they could not achieve on their own. Songs like the gorgeous "Ashes in the Snow" wash over the listener with delicately placed textures that wax and wane, telling a story without words, but relying on mood and tone to broadcast incredible emotion. The somber, atypically short "Follow the Map" utilizes spare guitar and delicate piano to build tension until a crescendo of strings enters to carry it gently aloft. Though still rooted in rock, Mono's music has more in common with classical compositions at this point.
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (pp.114-115) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The group use an auxiliary string section judiciously, contrasting triumphant flashes of orchestral grandeur with simple piano melodies isolated in sonic white space."

Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "Working with a full orchestra and long time friend and collaborator Steve Albini, much of this is breathtaking....An album of beauty, pathos and wonder."

Clash (magazine) (p.112) - "Recorded with their close friend Steve Albini the album combines vast orchestrations with an almost terrifying intimacy."

Signal To Noise (magazine) (p.57) - "'Everlasting Light' closes the recording with a stirring celestial vision: sustained guitar melodies are haloed by violins, then buoyed to a thrilling finale by a wall of glorious E-major."
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