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Monument review, 8.5/10
Mortemzine - January, 2014
"Monument" selected on three of the four of Norskmetal's "Top 10 Lists of 2013", and chosen as "THE ALBUM of the YEAR" by Anders.
Norskmetal.net - December, 2013
M.Yardley, publisher of Terrorizer magazine, pegs "Monument" in the upper tier of the "Top 20 Metal Albums of 2013"
Terrorizer - December, 2013
"Monument" review, 90%: " Melodisk og med hårfin balanse mellom gammel og moderne black metal, ispedd en god dose egenart toppet med mektige arrangementer. Det sterkeste debutalbumet jeg har hørt på lenge. Brutalt, mektig og unikt. "
(translated: "Melodic and with a delicate balance between old and modern black metal, mixed with a good dose of uniqueness topped with mighty arrangements. The strongest debut album I've heard in a long time. Brutal, powerful and unique.
HISS!G - December, 2013
"Monument" included as one of "The Great Albums" of 2013
by No Clean Singing's Andy Synn:
"Blodsgard came out of nowhere with one of the most gloriously epic and evil albums I’ve heard in a long time."
No Clean Singing - December, 2013
"Monument" appears in Denim and Leather - Lowdown Magazine's short list for "Album of the Year" 2013:
"This debut album from Norwegian Black Metal horde Blodsgard comes after extensive re-writing, re-arranging, and re-mastering to Improve upon the sound of their 2011 EP Solve Et Coagula. This patience and attention to detail has really paid off as building off the foundations of “True Norwegian Black Metal” but adding a modern twist truly makes for a breathtaking atmosphere with Soaring Riffs and pounding drums. The standout track is ‘Sjeler vil brenne’ with its haunting Tremolo Riffing and triumphant vocal performance."
Low Down Magazine - December, 2013
Monument Review, 18.5/20: (Translated from the French)
"Blodsgard. A name to remember. This first album fulfills all its promises and more. I still wonder what I was facing. This is not any group from Norway, he brings with him a whole identity with absolutely spectacular atmosphere. A group that is a promising future, that we will have to follow very closely because ... wow.
I fy faen helvete, hva var det?!"
French-Metal - December, 2013
Monument Review, 4.5/5: (Translated from the French) "Monument is a very diverse and multi-faceted album, surprising, rich with subtleties and has real depth, not your conventional album of Black Metal, but rather an experience of 42 minutes, which retains its coherence despite its progressive transformation, truly stunning"
Nihil Verum Nisi Mors - December, 2013
Monument Review, 4.5/5: (Translated from the French) "With Monument Blodsgard sign a magnificent debut album, cleverly combining the majestic atmosphere to brutal Black Metal, all sung entirely in Norwegian. The future is assured and the founding fathers of Black Metal should be proud of their offspring."
Bloodzine - November, 2013
Monument Review, 3.5/5 (in German)
Stormbringer - November, 2013
Monument Review, 8/10: (Translated from the Italian) "..the union of these two arts of human life and society-religion creates the perfect starting point for a black metal that is evolving, growing, coming out of certain redundancies that now the 90s are inevitable. The result of this different project is powerful. A black metal that is intense, full of power, a black metal that returns to the roots of integrating new ideas, while maintaining an approach that is direct, immediate ... lethal."
Metalhead.it - November, 2013
Monument Review, 9.5/10: (Translated from the German) "Heaviness in a Firestorm.... Stein Akslen's lyrics are a welcome change from oozing stereotypical banalities...and Fredrik Rex staged a coup in the words with extraordinary emotion... spewing hate to us scornfully... and illuminates with an unusual clear voice caught in the suicidal dark side of the soul."
Bleeding4Metal.de - November, 2013
Monument review, in Italian.
Sdangher - October, 2013
(translated from the Italian:...here we are dealing with a work that is a candidate to enter the circle of releases fundamental in the history of contemporary black metal... Listen to "Mentalt Minefelt", "Monument" and "Livet Er Avlyst" of all to believe, with separate mention for the sensational "Svart Blod Flyter", one of the most successful of the last decade (if not more) in the field of the extreme..."
Hardsounds - October, 2013
"... Blodsgard (er) klare for å gi Norge, og det store internasjonale markedet for norsk black metal, en solid oppvåkning. Denne påstanden er realitet allerede fra første tone, og det er klinkende klart at disse gutta kommer til å bli rovdyrene innenfor denne sjangeren i lang tid framover.
(trans: Blodsgard are prepared to give Norway and the vast international market for Norwegian black metal, a solid awakening. This claim is reality already from the first note, and it is abundantly clear that these guys are going to be predators in this genre for a long time)."
Utropia - October, 2013
Monument review, 8.5/10: "...there is something very striking about what BLODSGARD has created that extends beyond the visual and seeps into the cerebral, which is achieved by the uneasy tension the album constantly pummels into your brain from the outset."
Metal Observer - Oct, 2013
Monument review: "...this album fucking rules. Monument is my favorite album of this year, shaping itself up to be a black metal classic worthy to sit among the greats. From furious beginning to melancholic end, Blodsgard had me enthralled the entire way through. The production and sound can be characterized as being distinctly Norwegian, yet refined, modern, and enjoyable without losing any of black metal’s edge."
Metal Bandcamp - Oct, 2013
Monument review, 5/5: " ...awe inspiring...A Must Have"
Tombe Obscure - Oct, 2013
Monument review, 7/9 hammers: "....this is wonderful... Monument’s success rests in not only its effective execution but its ability to surprise the hell out if its listener. The end and the beginning come from two separate worlds but they both meet somewhere in the middle. I finally get why I had to listen to this record and why it belongs on this site. Congratulations gentlemen, you moved me to tears. Well, water filled gasps at the bottom of said subterranean crypt. Same thing."
Hollywood Metal - Oct. 2013
Monument review, 9.75/10: "I would not be exaggerating if I said that this will be the best black metal album of the year. It's sophisticated, well-constructed, diverse and rich in musical variety, with a fascinating mixture of ideas that makes them shine among lookalike bands."
Arson Café - Oct, 2013
"Monument is a thoroughly well-balanced black metal album — rangy but catchy, both clearly produced and satisfyingly gritty, and sweeping in scope without much exceeding the 40-minute mark. Its stern melodies, atmospheric stretches, and great vocals all remind me a bit of Nightbringer, though that comparison isn’t bang-on."
Invisible Oranges - Oct, 2013
No Clean Singing - Sept, 2013
Monument review, 6/6: "'What has been crafted here is brilliantly beautiful, melancholic and monumental, but at the same time an angry, filthy and intoxicating way of spreading their message."
NorskMetal.net - Sept 2013
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Monument review - 8/10 "...this culmination of nightmarish atmospherics is a triumph for band and subgenre alike"
Faye Coulman, Terrorizer # 242 (Halloween 2013)
Prior Print Appearances:
Metal Hammer Magazine, August 2011
(featured on "Necrolust" CD)
Terrorizer Magazine, March 2011
("Choice Cuts" section)
Terrorizer Magazine, March 2010
(featured on "Fear Candy CD")
Plakk (Estonian Fanzine)
Interview with Fredrik Rex., July 2010
(Note: PDF file, in Estonian language)