‘Monumenta’ is the Valerinne‘s third album. It was released on February 11 of this year, and I’m feeling like the delayed one. Good. To be mentioned that ‘Monumenta’ is, first of all, a live recording. You could say all the recordings are live. Yeah, sure. You’ll grow up and you’ll see it’s a small big difference. It is appreciated, therefore, for the boys’ endeavor, making instrumental/post-rock, post-metal for four years already. A long, short period, but I would say quite enough to reach maturity. Valerinne always gave me the feeling of a project that abounds with professionalism. The attention to details is not only felt in the clarity and the complexity of sound, in the way they show to the audience, too. I like the bands who know to present themselves, not showing their ”legs” on the corner of the stage with kinky matters. For some, the underground is that realm full of stories, yet unpredictable until the first opportunity of letting behind this land and losing its identity forever.
Okay, back to music. I am not able to recommend ‘Monumenta’ to any listener of rock/metal. What should I say to the other side of the world with its music consumers?! No, you don’t need any studies in the domain or to came from high-minded circles to listen to Valerinne. I’m trying to say it’s a hard material and you can’t intertwine with so easily. There is a kind of gravity you feel, like a thought that keeps you caught for a long time and disturbs your inner peace. It’s a vortex that makes you go through different states, from anxiety to calmness; it’s a game full of graceful aggressions felt in a paroxysmal harmony. ‘Terra Amata’ detaches somehow from the other compositions, thing noticed by the boys, too; this fact led to the music video. This raised a pretty number of views and it’s full of meanings and metaphors. As I said above, the attention to details spins around this project.
As a conclusion, ‘Monumenta’ is, in essence, a thrilling album, but very clean in execution. The post-rock has an amalgam of states, not just sentimental instrumentals or guitar with tears of crocodiles. ‘Monumenta’ is a call in the dark side of this genre. A temptation to which you get only through knowledge; and knowledge is a process that sends you to details, the same things I said above.