“Surge Ex Monumentis has a healthy psychedelic rock influence but the heavy metal undertones are undeniable. At times, the record seems to take its inspiration from Pink Floyd as much as from Iron Maiden…” – Decibel
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Swedish psychedelic riff rockers JIRM released their Surge Ex Monumentis full-length via Small Stone earlier this month. Formerly Jeremy Irons And The Ratgang Malibus, JIRM has never been more themselves than they are on Surge Ex Monumentis. Even as they redefine who they are and what they do as a band, they remain singularly powerful in their delivery and completely unmistakable. The seven-track Surge Ex Monumentis was captured at Puch Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, mixed by Oskar Lindberg at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mastered by Chris Gooseman at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan
In celebration of the release of Surge Ex Monumentis, JIRM is pleased to unveil a new video for “The Cultist,” currently playing below alongside their previously-released “Candle Eyes” video.
Surge Ex Monumentis is out now on CD, digital, and limited edition 2xLP formats via Small Stone. Orders are currently available at THIS LOCATION where the record can also be streamed in full.
Sometimes in life you have to make a change. And sometimes you have to make a whole bunch of changes. So it is that JIRM is born and stands where once stood Jeremy Irons And The Ratgang Malibus. Having dropped the cumbersome moniker, the Swedish heavy rockers embark on a new era with Surge Ex Monumentis – marked as much by a tightening of sound as name.
For their first record as JIRM, the Stockholm-based four-piece of vocalist/guitarist Karl Apelmo, guitarist Micke Pettersson, bassist Viktor Källgren, and drummer Henke Persson cast off the shackles of expectation entirely. Their style is no less expansive, but it’s become entirely their own, a driving mind meld between psychedelia, classic metal, heavy rock, and individualized realms beyond. Surge Ex Monumentis brims with newfound energy at the same time it benefits from the lessons JIRM have learned since first getting together in 2004 and releasing albums like Elefanta (2009), Bloom (2011), and Spirit Knife (2014), a record Mass Movement crowned, “a blissful mixture of Soundgarden at their grooviest and Pink Floyd…a terrific album of sunny day, top down, cruising music.
“With an underpinning of space metal, heavy progressive swirl and a flourish of psychedelic reaching, the six-minute ‘Candle Eyes’ begins Surge ex Monumentis with a feel that’s both classic and vital… JIRM have their own agenda and their blend when it comes to bringing together heavy rock and prog, and by injecting a current of ’80s-style metal grandiosity – notice I didn’t say ‘glam-diosity;’ that’s not what we’re talking about here – they find a niche for themselves and begin to dig into what will likely be a continuing process of forward creative growth…” – The Obelisk
“While some psychedelia-oriented artists forget to rock and just fumble along, this record keeps rock alive while pushing the lines to space rock without meandering.” – Cosmic Rock
“There seems to be a lot of genuine emotion within the album that you can feel in the songwriting…” – Capital Chaos
“JIRM have found a strong median between ’70s prog rock, stoner metal, and modern rock instrumentation that feels both distantly stoned and freshly modern…as cinematic as it is engaging…” – Grizzly Butts
“Expansive, atmospheric, progressive, and highly engaging, Surge ex Monumentis is an enjoyable and captivating listen.” – Wonder Metal
“If ever a band were on peak form it is JIRM and with Surge Ex Monumentis they have created something of a masterpiece. A superb listen from beginning to end which never lets up, and continues to bring new thrills on each listen.” – Echoes And Dust
“…on Surge Ex Monumentis, the band’s fourth album, they take the template of psyche-stoner-doom-whatever and elaborate on it through sixty four minutes of their most florid and ambitious music yet.” – Sentinel Daily