Norwegian band Atrox has always been a unique institution on the metal scene. Starting off in 1990 in Trondheim out of the ashes of the death metal band Suffocation, they were originally labeled a melodic doom metal band. However, after the release of their 1997 debut and a line-up change, they totally transformed themselves for 2000's Contentum. More members have come and gone over the years and their style has continued to evolve along the way. Now, with Monocle, their first album since 2008's Binocular, they've fine-tuned their highly progressive, experimental and industrial sound, and are back in full force. Although it has its share of extremely catchy and upbeat parts, Monocle showcases a darker side of the band, with more epic and atmospheric elements than ever before.