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There are at least six artists sharing the name Mono: 1) a Japanese band; 2) a British band; 3) a Dutch band; 4) a female Austrian artist; 5) a Swedish artist; 6) a Korean trio.

1) Mono are a band from Tokyo, Japan formed in 1999. The songs, all of which are , are usually focused on layered guitar melodies. Strings and pianos are also prominently featured in some songs. MONO are known for their powerful live shows, and their complex guitar work.

Their first EP, titled Hey, You was released in September, 2000. So far, they have released six full albums: Under the Pipal Tree, One Step More and You Die, Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined, You Are There, Hymn To The Immortal Wind and For My Parents .
They also have several other records, including a remix album, a collaborative split record with Pelican, an album collaborating with World’s End Girlfriend and another EP titled Memorie Dal Futuro.
For more information, visit their official websites:

2) Mono were a British duo which became a in the late 1990s with their song “Life in Mono” featured on album Formica Blues. Mono’s music shares some similarities with other such acts including Sneaker Pimps and Portishead.


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  • RiotSugar

    I'm really enjoying the new albums. I have a few criticisms (I think RoD should be 1 track longer and they should have used Tetsuya's vocals on the whole album or not at all) but the refreshingly short songs are great and I absolutely love the noise elements in songs like Cyclone and The Last Rays. I think Surrender is my favourite track though.

    Yesterday 7:43am Reply
  • IceSpoon

    I liked "For My Parents" because it was a different direction. But I appreciate that it was only a one-album-experiment, the new double album went back to Mono's usual awesomeness.

    29 Oct 2:57am Reply
  • Kumanosuke

    a_spaceman: Yes, true. Actually I didn't really refer to people who critisize stuff (like you or Derek-H), but simply complain. Most people are like "I wish band xy would be like they used to be 10 years ago" or "Teh nu album is shitz lel". Bands needs to go on and evolve _in any direction_. And music is art, like you said, and bands (at least) shouldn't do what the fans want them to do. Despite that, it would get _really_ boring if any band always makes albums which sound like the previous one.

    28 Oct 2:30pm Reply
  • Derek-H

    @ Kumanosuke: I don't think anyone's saying that. I personally (really) enjoy every Mono album outside of For My Parents, which is in fact a little too "cinematic" / OST-esque for my tastes. (Just my opinion.) That being said, I'd say the new albums are a huge step in a better direction.

    27 Oct 3:27am Reply
  • a_spaceman

    Complaining without constructive criticism can be dumb, but saying For My Parents had too many strings (or more precisely, didn't execute neo-classical elements well, which is what I would argue) or sounded to cheesy to you personally kind of... IS constructive criticism, and there's nothing wrong with that. Music is art and art is open to the world for criticism, and there's no reason for negative reviews or reception of an album you personally enjoy to get you down or cause you yourself to complain, you know?

    27 Oct 3:08am Reply
  • Kumanosuke

    @Foln: Yes, I agree on that, but I don't get why people always complain. It's art and artists won't make their music after what some fans may like, but what they themself want it to sound like.

    26 Oct 7:51pm Reply
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  • NeoGC

    My limited edition die-cut The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness vinyl came in the mail the other day, and while I can't hear the album in it's fullest splendor, I'm listening to the mp3 version included and... The Last Dawn is starting off pretty damn great. Already impressed.

    25 Oct 5:22pm Reply
  • damnruckus

    Wow. New album is great.

    24 Oct 8:58am Reply
  • a_spaceman

    I can't say I've seen anyone saying that they don't like the new Mono albums cos they sound like Mono...

    23 Oct 5:32pm Reply
  • Foln

    @Kuma: Why do you even care? Either YOU like it or YOU like it not. End of the story. Simple as that.

    23 Oct 5:00pm Reply
  • Kumanosuke

    people be like "ewww for my parents sounded soooo cheesy and tooo much strings!11!11 i wish they made bLACK METAL".... people now be like "i don't like their new stuff, it sounds like mono lol"

    23 Oct 7:41am Reply
  • vanessandvari

    I love this band. I have the hope to see them live in my country, Chile. We're so far away but i don't lose hope. Their music ALWAYS brings me a lot of feelings, and, suddenly, makes me cry. Also, Rays of Darkness is absolutely perfect.

    23 Oct 3:04am Reply
  • A-Spectowsky

    i make this clip :3

    22 Oct 9:01pm Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavypop Review:

    22 Oct 3:24pm Reply
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  • frankie__crisp

    на торрентах просто нужно уметь искать, чтобы найти дискографии групп с подобными названиями.

    21 Oct 12:23pm Reply
  • Gravskog

    About FUCKING time these guys did something with Envy.

    20 Oct 8:37pm Reply
  • a_spaceman

    @Prognoz_ I reckon the best tracks are Recoil Ignite, Where We Begin, The Last Rays, The Hand That Holds the Truth and maybe Cyclone. Happy listening ^^

    20 Oct 5:40pm Reply
  • spiderferi

    i've listened to the last times 8 or 9 times and i'm sure as hell that this record is a fucking awesome mono's type recored and it's pretty good. dat melody on the intro song<3

    20 Oct 3:24pm Reply
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