JIRM – Surge ex Monumentis (Review)

JIRMJIRM are a Swedish hard rock band and this is their fourth album.

Once known as Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus, the band have rebirthed themselves as the much simplified and improved JIRM.

Playing hard rock with plenty of psychedelic, alternative, stoner, progressive, and classic rock elements, Surge ex Monumentis is a melting pot of influences and lengthy jams.

I very much enjoyed the band’s 2014 album Spirit Knife, but it seems that the intevening years since then and the rebranding of the band name have done them the world of good. Surge ex Monumentis is both impressive and highly enjoyable. Containing two less tracks than Spirit Knife, but with an overall duration clocking in longer at 64 minutes in total, Surge ex Monumentis is a comprehensive trip into territories where rock is worshipped and feared as a primal force to be reckoned with, in all of its myriad forms.

There are a few interesting paradoxes in JIRM’s songs. For example; I like how the music manages to somehow give the impression of being relaxed and energetic at the same time. It’s an impressive thing to behold, marking the band as talented at producing music that you can sink deeply into, but also feel invigorated by.

Another potential paradox inherent to the music is the feeling of Earthy rawness mixed with a cosmic spaciness. This resolves in the music as a pleasing mix of the two, rather than a clash of moods and feelings. The rhythm guitars are low-down and dirty, while the melodies and vocals are frequently ethereal and light.

Expansive, atmospheric, progressive, and highly engaging, Surge ex Monumentis is an enjoyable and captivating listen.

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