This album was produced, recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, and mastered by Bob Weston. Steve Albini, the producer and one of the main participants of this album, was already a producer for 3 of MONO’s albums in the past, and just last year, his band Shellac played their first Japan tour in 23 years as a co-headliner tour with MONO. After the recordings, MONO and Shellac shared the stage again in North America.
“Requiem For Hell” features 5 songs. Unlike the last double album “The Last Dawn / Rays Of Darkness”, which re-visited the band’s early sound, MONO introduces strings once again, showing broader dynamics and a wider range of sounds.
From TAKAAKIRA ‘TAKA’ GOTO / MONO:
“This album is a series of songs from a flood of inspirations in 2015. After writing song after song and giving them titles, we stumbled upon Dante’s “Divine Comedy” and the story struck a chord with us. “Divine Comedy” is a story about travelling down to Hell, through to purgatory… this is when we decided to use Gustave Dóre’s illustration from “Divine Comedy”’s last scene as the main cover.”
“Requiem For Hell” comes as a 2xLP in a special slipcase cover with a die cut hole on the back side, printed inner sleeves and an engraving on side D, showing a foetus.
Comments Taka Goto:
“Our long-time friend Jeremy (the owner of our American label Temporary Residence) had his first-born, she was named Ely. Jeremy had been sending us photos and her heartbeats from long before she was born. When Ely was born, we decided to dedicate one of our songs to her, with hopes of her listening to it when she is grown up, and decided to use her heartbeats as an intro on the song “Ely’s Heartbeat”.