Founded out of progressive deathcore act Lost Without Direction, Monosphere quickly became a name with their melodic hardcore sound. After some lineup changes and a shift to technical metalcore the band started working on “The Puppeteer” – an album in between post metal, progressive metal and mathcore. It’s no wonder that some journalists call the sound of Monosphere something in between Between The Buried And Me, Rolo Tomassi and Cult Of Luna, as all of these bands are key influences to the sound of Monosphere.
The album was crafted in the summer of 2018 and is based on the idea of writing a prog metal album that uses common trademarks, while pushing the genres boundaries. In between djenty metalcore, post rock, black metal and tech death, Monosphere have plenty of space for different inspirations. Such as influences from classical music, neoclassical and minimal music where Monosphere adapted many techniques and put them into a post-modern metal sound to craft a unique metal opus. The musical narrative of the concept album is supported by the lyrical aspect and works like a dark thriller. A thriller that you have to rewatch multiple times to finally understand what “The Puppeteer” really is about.
Mixed by Phil Kaase (The Mixing Mine) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Audiosiege, Rolo Tomassi, Stranger Things OST etc.), the album fits the common standard and expands on an equally worthy visual and conceptual aesthetic. Beside the both engineers, Monosphere live a true DIY-ethic and proof their unrestingly ambition, as everything else was done by themselves.
Accompanying the release, composer Rodney Fuchs wrote an essay that illuminates the album’s parameters from a musicological point of view and shows in music theoretical manner how “The Puppeteer” can be seen as a concept album and which thoughts lie behind the composition of this debut record.