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  • Summary: The fifth album for the Japanese experimental rock band was produced by Steve Albini.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. If Hymn to the Immortal Wind does anything, it establishes Mono’s place among post rock’s top dogs, and for this reviewer, easily gives them the title. Everyone else is just generic or something.
  2. It’s like listening to a strong feeling that yearns to be vented, but instead is left inside its confining limits, echoing on itself.
  3. "Majestic" is a word often used to describe Mono, and this record, the band's fifth, will not challenge us to avoid using it.
  4. Hymn feels like the imaginary soundtrack to the film inside your head and is an outstanding work of epic beauty.
  5. Those listeners in the middle may find that without anything making it stand out from the bulk of what we’re calling post-rock, Hymns to the Immortal Wind registers as another solid entry in a genre so consistent that merely solid entries aren’t enough to gain your love as well as your respect.
  6. Hymn to the Immortal Wind has probably caused floods of tears. That's a description, not a dis. The melodies are more sure-handed than ever. They are like missiles locked onto emotional buttons. More independence in the guitars helps sharpen this aim.
  7. Bloated with too much self-absorption, Japan's Mono have lost sight of their original intent. [Spring 2009, p.77]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MarinaM
    Jul 9, 2009
    So awesome, magical and inspiring that brings tears to my eyes!
  2. ManuelAS
    Jul 9, 2009
    It's a masterpiece.
  3. Aug 4, 2013
    La musique du film de nos rêves perdus. Plus beaux titres: Ashes in the Snow, Burial At Sea et The Battle to Heaven. Du post-rock son meilleur, avec un jeu de guitare époustouflant. Expand