With the release of MONARCH‘s sixth full-length, Omens, set for release in just two weeks via At A Loss Recordings, the band are set to embark on their first full tour in support of the crushing album. The chaos shall ensue this Friday in Basque Country, and devastate clubs throughout Europe into early March, tackling France, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Denmark. MONARCH will unleash their captivating avant-sludge through their notoriously maniacal live show night after night, performing alongside atmospheric Irish black metal outfit Altar Of Plagues for the entire trek.
In support of the forthcoming album and the kickoff of the tour, as of today BrooklynVegan is streaming MONARCH‘s entire Omens opus, alongside an exclusive interview with the band. Get your fix of pummeling, haunting sludge at this location.
MONARCH European Tour w/ Altar Of Plagues:
2/17/2012 Gaztetxe d’Akotz – Basque Country
2/18/2012 La Conserverie – Angers, France
2/19/2012 Carlo Levi – LiÃ¨ge, Belgium
2/20/2012 USCHIS-HC IMBE – Leipzig, Germany
2/22/2012 Club Tapper -Tallinn, Estonia
2/23/2012 Kuudes Linja – Helsinki, Finland
2/24/2012 Club Melna Piektdiena – Riga, Latvia
2/25/2012 Club Propaganda – Vilnius, Lithuania
2/26/2012 Klub Muzyczny Ucho – Gdynia, Poland
2/27/2012 CRK – Wroclaw, Poland
2/28/2012 Chemifabrik – Dresden, Germany
2/29/2012 Loppen – Copenhagen, Denmark
3/01/2012 Stubnitz – Rostock, Germany
3/02/2012 AJZ Bielefeld – Bielefeld, Germany w/ The Wounded Kings
3/03/2012 Glazart, Paris, France
A thirty-four minute down-tempo/down-tuned ethereal funeral dirge comprised of three tracks, Omens perfectly personifies what fans have come to embrace about MONARCH since their 2005 inception, their caustic, crushing style of slow-motion apocalyptic doom coming alive with haunting moans and layered, ghostly shrieks throughout Omens‘ entirety. The record features artwork by Yann Black and Valérie Poulin and will be released as a six-panel digipak CD in an initial pressing of 1,000 copies with a UV finish cover
Omens was recorded over a four month period in four different countries with four different producers — Osaka, Japan by Hironori Ochi @ Kakurega, Melbourne, Australia by Neil Thomason @ Head Gap, Montreal, Canada by Matt Cartman @ Crane Studio, and Chicago, IL by Sanford Parker @ Engine Studios — then mixed by Sanford Parker and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room (Twilight, Ministry, Yob). The album features newest MONARCH member Rob Shaffer (Dark Castle, YOB) along with guitarist Shiran KaÃ¯dine (Year of No Light), bassist MicHell Bidegain, and as always the ethereal, penetrating vocals of Emilie Bresson. The record also includes guest appearances by Atsuchi Sano (Birushanah), Yailen Munoz (Ensorcelor), Eric Quach (Thisquietarmy), Jeanne Peluard (The Sparteens) and Robert MacManus (ex-Grey Daturas, ex-Monarch).