Yesterday, I was browsing through DIY Conspiracy’s email inbox digging into all those unanswered emails from the past. Sure, there are a lot of great bands sending me their bandcamp links that sadly got buried away either by time or an outright junk.
But here they are, Monte Ida from Rennes. Formed in 2013, the French trio released their first EP back in 2014. The demo was frigging awesome at the time. However, in 2016 they have pushed the envelope even further with their “Corinth” LP. So, what do we have here?
Monte Ida come from France but their sound is ultimately Italian. I mean, the band plays an upbeat (dare to say it) screamo with bags of energy that makes you think of bands like Raein, La Quiete, and Endless Inertia. You know the drill. Making a strong impression on the first track “Lete,” the band throws you straight in to the sound of the whole record. Swirling guitars, best screamo vocals you’ve heard in a while, and the abrupt shifts into the chaotic side of the genre make this all totally rad to me. The record is short but everything on here is in the right place, including the heart.
Definitely, there’s a lot of passion in Monte Ida’s music. Being massively excited with bands like Øjne and Shizune lately, this LP came out as a great surprise to me. To put it bluntly, this is an appealing record that demands a place in anybody’s euro-screamo collection. I’m not sure if the band is still active in any capacity (we all know such kind of bands don’t last for too long), but if I have the chance, I would definitely go out and buy it. It’s a pretty nice record and the artwork also seems really cool.