Swedish Doom Trio Monolord hit the UK next week
Monolord kick off their UK tour next week, on May 18th at The Underworld in London. The band won many new fans last year with a slot on the Desertfest London main stage, sharing the bill with (Electric Wizard and Trouble) and now return to headline in their own right.
Vænir, the band’s widely-praised and Best Album of 2015 list topping release is available to hear and share via Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
Monolord UK Tour
18th LONDON – Underworld, UK
19th BOURNEMOUTH – Sound Circus, UK
20th MILTON KEYNES – The Crauford Arms, UK
21st BRISTOL – Exchange, UK
22nd BIRMINGHAM – Flapper, UK
23rd GLASGOW – Audio, UK
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Cyclocosmia – “Immure EP”
Review by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy
Cyclocosmia is a progressive doom metal project from London, UK comprised of Aliki Katriou (vocals) and multi-talented James Scott (songwriter/producer) who plays all the instruments throughout. The duo also collaborate with guest musicians all over the world. Their debut album ‘Deadwood’ received critical acclaim and now they are looking to equally impress with their latest offering, new EP, ‘Immured’. The EP has a concept and doesn’t follow the norm, as you are meant to listen to it as a continuous 17 minute song, rather than individual tracks. It follows the story of a Roman Vestal Virgin who is condemned to live burial for breaking her vows. The bleak story certainly helps feed their impressive and unique symphonic doom…
‘Immured Part I’ opens on an ethereal, alluring yet alarming note, simply setting the scene for what lies ahead…’Part II’ kicks right off in symphonic glory with beautiful and dark clean vocals from Aliki Katriou, with savage screams in contrast from James Scott, but the balance is just right, and the results are both shocking and stunning.
Part III is on the angelic side initially before the heavy guitars accompany and showcase some solid and resonant tones, giving the song a lot of depth. The vocal variations offer even more diversity and give it a slightly deranged sound in the greatest sense. There is a lot going on here but it still manages to remain coherent and float seamlessly along in harmony. It is a very captivating and immersive sound that will surely lure you in…
The final chapter in this dark story, ‘IV’ starts with an eerie and delightful acoustic guitar section which complements Aliki’s high pitched and sorrowful vocals perfectly. James displays his impressive guitar capabilities further, amongst the epic drawn out doom symphonies with demonic growls laced throughout. It is cleverly structured and layered, making it a must hear. It offers tranquillity and angst all in one offering, something which the EP displays wonderfully throughout its dark emotional and thought provoking endeavour.
Release Date: January 27th, 2017
Genre: symphonic/doom metal
2. Immured Part II
4. Immured Part III
5. Immured Part IV
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The band was formed in 2012 by Conrad Viz (Guitar/Vocals) Started as a 3 piece with Jeff Clark (Bass) and Norm Rodriguez (Drums). In 2013 added a 2nd Guitarist Danny Blaze. Final line up change took place in 2014 when we added a New Drummer, New Lead vocalist and New 2nd Guitarist and turned into a 5 piece band. All members were previously in other bands before joining Ancient Spell. Current members are: Donnie Marhefka (Lead Vox) Conrad Viz (Guitar/ Vox) Jeff Clark (Bass) Robert Thompson (Drums) and Dan Rado (Guitar)
2. What made you guys decide to form a band?
Conrad Viz decided to form Ancient Spell as a new project in 2012 after leaving his previous band.
3. How would you describe your style?
Heavy Doom Death Metal
Which bands influenced your music?
Black Sabbath – Death – Black Label Society – Trouble – Pantera – St Vitus – slayer – Corrosion of Conformity
4. The new album “Forever in Hell” came out on Minotauro Records on September 18 , how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
Found out about Minotauro Records through previous band member Danny Blaze. Contacted Glenn Wrigley. They have given us worldwide distribution and heavy promotion.
5. How did you guys came up with your band name?
Conrad Viz came up with name. It is his interpretation of Death. The thought that Death is the oldest Spell in the history of mankind. A spell we can not break.
We all have to die. We are under that Spell The Ancient Spell
6. Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the all ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process?
Lyrics mainly taken from the concept of the band name. Mostly written by Conrad Viz. So the themes are mainly about Death, Dying and the Doom we live because of Death. Other members are now contributing to writing lyrics and are expanding concepts a bit more. But staying in the whole Doom genre.
7. Do you remember your first show and what was it like?
With the new lineup… AMAZING!!!! Energy was intense!!! Played to a packed house at the world famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California.
8. Do you have any amusing stories from when you recorded your album or when you where on the road?
Not really. Just had the best time ever doing what we love to do. Creating music, recording music, and playing it live for our fans!!!
9. Tell me a little about the releases you have and where they are available for purchase?
1st self titled album recorded in 2012 independent release in 2013, now out of print, but can still be bought as digital download on iTunes and CDBaby.com.
2nd album Forever in Hell recorded in 2015 release on Minotauro Records Sept 8th 2015 can be bought directly from Minotauro Records page and also iTunes, CDbaby.com.
10. Let everyone know what the band has planned for the future.
We are planning to do another small U.S. tour and maybe Europe in support of “Forever in Hell” Album. Also planning on writing new material in 2016 for our next album we may be releasing in 2017.
11. Where can we listen to your band and where people can buy your stuff?
Best places to buy at: http://www.minotaurorecords.com/#!ancient-spell/c243p and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ancientspell2
12. Anything else you think you want to add and your fans should know?
We love all our fans! We call them our Ancient Spell Doom Warriors!!!! ASDW! We thank them for all their Love and Support!!! And we hope you spread the word about Ancient Spell music so we can grow the Warriors!!! Doom on!!! \m/