DUE FOR RELEASE 27.08.12 MONUMENTS ARE: John Browne – Guitar; Olly Steele – Guitar; Adam Swan – Bass; Mike Malyan – Drums; Matt Rose – Vocals
Monuments Live in the UK
w/ JEFF LOOMIS / MONUMENTS (rotating direct support) / VILDHJARTA (rotating direct support) / STEALING AXION
21.10.12 Brighton – Audio
22.10.12 Reading – Sub89
23.10.12 Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
24.10.12 Glasgow – Cathouse
25.10.12 Dublin – The Village
26.10.12 Leeds – The Well
27.10.12 Birmingham – O2 Academy 3
28.10.12 London – Underworld
The day has finally come for MONUMENTS. The line up is complete, their debut album “Gnosis” is ready to be unleashed and the London-based progroove metal quintet has assembled their arsenal ready to challenge the way you look at the world.
Formed in the UK by guitarist John Browne from the ashes of the pioneering technical groove metallers, Fellsilent (who also featured Acle Kahney of TesseracT in its ranks), MONUMENTS starts somewhat were Fellsilent left off. If SikTh were the godfathers, Fellsilent was that crazy cousin always tinkering around with something in the basement. In the years following that band’s demise, Browne honed his craft, both as a songwriter and producer and has brought MONUMENTS out of the underground, prepped and ready for the masses.
Having found guitarist Olly Steele (Cyclamen), bassist Adam Swan and the mind-bogglingly talented multi-instrumentalist drummer Mike Malyan, who has played and done session work with Chimpspanner, The Algorithm and many more, the final piece of the MONUMENTS puzzle was vocalist Matt Rose. Not your typical metal singer, Rose was discovered whilst singing with UK drum ‘n’ bass act The Qemists – collaborators with the likes of Enter Shikari ,Mike Patton and In Flames among many others.
The result is “Gnosis” – ten tracks of thoroughly modern progressive metal that has as many hooks as it does important political messages. The title refers to a higher level of spiritual understanding where one stops to answer the questions about one’s existence rather than ignoring the issues and simply following the crowd.