Omega Monolith – Fungus

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I remember the first time I saw Omega Monolith play live here in Athens. It was some months ago at An club. They made quite an impression on me so I decided to check out their stuff.  For the record let’s just state that Omega Monolith is two piece, instrumental band, formed in Athens, Greece back in 2012.

‘’Vile’’ ep came out last December. That was the album that introduced me to the band’s music. Charmed by its dark and experimental nature I decided I wanted to listen to more songs from this band. ‘’Fungus’’ is the band’s debut Lp. It was released on May 14. First of all what caught my attention here is the album’s artwork. I think it is more than great. In my opinion it gives you a first taste on what’s going on inside this album. I would like to consider it a  concept album. Time devours everything. Or does he? Three songs are included in ‘’Fungus’’. The band’s music is a blend of different styles. I mean they have filtered their influences in such a way that they have achieved to create an identity of their own. The band states that ‘’Fungus’’ is a journey. I must say I agree with them. This may be a bit of a cliché line but it is an album that you have to experience. You must be patient and you have to let it grow on you. This journey is definitely worth taking. For me it’s one track cut to three pieces. Each track tells a story of its own. As for favorite tracks? I believe I’m gonna pick all three of them. You need to experience all three tracks. That’s what I think. Listen to this album and discover your own truth.

So the question is, what do I think about this album? Well, there’s no doubt in my mind that the band delivered. Apart from heavy ‘’Fungus’’ sounds really fresh and inspired. Personally I loved it, I enjoyed it, therefore I wish to recommend it. Here are some links where you can also listen to ‘’Fungus’’:

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Safari in the Micro-Zoo@Micropia, Amsterdam

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Hello people,
the previous weekend a good friend of mine who is crazy about museums & exhibitions visited Amsterdam (yes, the same guy that suggested to visit the Atomium in Brussels) and had the idea to visit Micropia, the world’s first Museum of Microbes! On Sunday, the weather was so good to stay at home, and we thought:”It’s warm, it’s hot, instead of going to the park with beers, let’s go watch some Microbes!”.


We entered Micropia, located inside Amsterdam Artis (the right building before Artis’ entrance). The visit started with a 30 seconds tour inside a slowly-ascending-to-the-first-floor elevator, while a voice inside the elevator was informing us about Micropia & its content (i didn’t get anything, i don’t know dutch).


After escaping the elevator’s voice, we just arrived in the museum’s first floor, which is the exhibition’s “serious” floor. One of the main subjects of the floor, is that particular group of tiny plants, the Algae, which live in the water, fresh or salty.

They are basically plants, they photosynthesize & produce oxygen, allowing them to produce oxygen that can be used by fishes in order to breath underwater. Some algae species can also swim, thus, algae is something between plant & animal, that consists of the favorite meal of some fishes & crustaceans (like shrimps & crabs for example). Damn, i captured them in a very nice pose through the microscope, check them out!

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These guys are actually doing something useful, providing oxygen & free meals for the fishes, nevertheless the human factor & the waste that is dropped at the sea has terrible impact to their increase of population & growth. Have you ever been to the beach where the water is green & it is prohibited to swim? Well, its due to these guys explosive growth.. When usually are eaten by the fishes, in water where their is way too much waste, the algae population is way too high, resulting in blinding the fishes that at some point are unable to see their prey (not all fishes it algae, usually the ones in the bottom of the pyramid) & die from starvation. The same happens to the fishes that belong in the upper level of the pyramid and so on….

Diatom
is a particular type of microalgae, that is one of the most important producers of oxygen in the planet.
Well, these guys have developed a way to protect theirselves from their enemies by building a glass indestructible ‘house’ around their cell that is made of silicon.


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A neighborhood of diatoms

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Diatom macaron

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Diatom centipede

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Psychedelic diatom triangle of Doom

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Diatom Fiber

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Another macaron


Of course, fungi could not be absent from this lineup of peculiar micro-organisms. These guys carry spores that ensure reproduction that could be spread through the air using the wind to germinate elsewhere. The places that lots of fungi gather together and break loose in an unending party are called mushrooms!

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Bliaaaah!

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OK! Better!

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Reminds me of an almond tree, just its top level

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Another interesting place to live in is the lichen, host of companies of fungi & algae that are living together inside it, in a symbiotic relationship. Both organisms benefit from each other, the algae are protected between the cells of the fungus & the fungus eats the food that the algae produce. Bonus info: lichens grow very slow, in average one centimeter per year.

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The visit of Micropia’s first floor was completed after checking out a wall decorated with organisms inside small plates made of glass that can be found in ordinary household items, such as TV controls, cell phones, your kids’ dolls & toys, pins, toothbrush, the air that can be collected in a room inside the house etc.

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Plaque bacteria living happily in your toothbrush

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The Zoo

After our visit in the first floor, we spent some time in the first floor were we were informed about ordinary & catastrophic viruses that punish the human kind for ages…And basically, this is it about Micropia! I hope you enjoyed the sightseeing tour & the company of these little fellows that live everywhere, even inside us (1.5 kg of bacteria inside our digestive system ?!).

I totally recommend Micropia, a quite special kind of zoo to pay (14) a visit.


Link

Micropia’s page