JIRM
Surge Ex Monumentis
(2018)
Crank this to 10.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Psychedelic, Rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Floater, Katatonia, Earthless
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
While they may have rebranded into the acronym JIRM (formerly Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus), the Swedish natives stay true to their core sound. A core sound that engulfs the listener into some sort of existential unique out of body endeavor. Perhaps a religious experience or calling from beyond we can’t quite put our finger on it. What we can pinpoint is that Karl Apelmo’s voice melds perfectly against the majestic fretwork and intricate melodic journey that Surge Ex Monumentis delivers. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, JIRM continue to build off their rich psychedelic roots to paint an even more atmospheric landscape. The music here is so fucking involved and even more visionary than past releases. The tracks are lengthy and elaborate with tremendous buildups and brief peaks that are absolutely stunning.

Released through Small Stone Records, Surge Ex Monumentis sounds monumental for enthusiastic fans but may be overwhelming to first time JIRM listeners. The sound is so emotionally draining, first time listeners may have difficulty adapting upon the first few rotations. Hang in there, as after heavy rotation this one will become a permanent stay in your psychedelic collection. Vocalist Karl Apelmo is once again at the top of his game and shines. His vocals are soft, trippy, yet powerful when needed; just check out the track “Isle of Solitude,” the vocal build up is second to none. We urge you to carve out 65 minutes of your day along with your favorite adult beverage with no interruptions and devote this time to Surge Ex Monumentis.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
10.8 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.8 of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure
10.6 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
10.5 of 11

Captivation and Variety
10.3

Overall Album Flow
10.6 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.8 of 11

Production Value
10.4 of 11

Standout Track(s)
Don’t ask us this. You give it 65 minutes and no fast forwarding you fuckers. But if we must answer and you are new to the band check out “Isle of Solitude”. This brilliant tune travels the boundaries of doomish Pallbearer-like territory and shows great exploration. “The Cultist” is flat out addicting with a great upbeat vibe and killer vocals. This tune has a Spirit Knife quality about it.

Alcohol Pairing
Nøgne Ø Imperial Brown Ale (7.5% ABV)- Nøgne Ø is a brown ale that seems relatively restrained but let it JIRMinate your glands. It pours a murky chestnut colour and contains some nuttiness that muscles in on the sweet and toasty malts. The hops provide dark fruit and tremendous earthy notes common to English brown ales and the citrussy flavours of their American relatives. It’s a rich, smooth endeavor that will allow your mind to wander so complimentary to Surge Ex Monumentis.

Lasting Impression 
JIRM has crafted a genre all to themselves with this release, we hear various layers of rock on Surge Ex Monumentis, yet can’t pinpoint to one particular genre. At times we hear 70s prog rock or majestic doom and even modern psychedelia as well, it’s so damn expansive. It’s tough to say if this is their finest release to date, but its close and only time will tell so what’s the point of debating this anyway. With albums like Spirit Knife and Bloom, they have a diverse and blissful library of music. We strongly encourage you to partake. - 4/25/2018

Tracklist:
1. Candle Eyes 6:32
2. Dig 12:07
3. Isle of Solitude 11:25
4. The Cultist 6:41
5. Nature of the Damned 10:34
6. Giza 5:51
7. Tombs Arise 10:59

JIRM are:
Karl Apelmo: vocals, guitars
Micke Pettersson: guitars 
Viktor Källgren: Bass
Henke Persson: drums, percussions

Follow JIRM: Bandcamp / Facebook / JIRM.se
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