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Buy the whole album (recommended!) and receive a PDF copy of the liner notes and lyrics with original artwork. Additionally, this online version of the album includes a PDF copy of the lyrics with annotations explaining some of the more obscure references and metaphors in the text. We're told it's fun to read while listening!
Monument is a rock symphony in five movements dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The music for each movement was composed by a different band-member, a creative approach that results in a wildly varied soundscape across the work as a whole. The lyrics approach the subject of the atomic bomb from a different perspective in each section: that of a statue, a phoenix, a ray of light, a sea creature, and a Japanese legend. At times raw and visceral, at other times stark and serene, the symphony wanders through images of destruction caused by war, narrating each scene through different sets of eyes. It is an ambitious work in the progressive rock genre, aspiring to bridge the gap between a concept album and a classical symphonic tone poem.
released 19 December 2010
Music - Diatessaron
Lyrics - Si Tj
Recording and mixing - Alan Wall @ NRS Productions
Mastering - Jamey Harrow @ HB Media
Cover art - Joerg Kritzer
Design - Si Tj
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