France’s avant-garde sludge/doom artisans Monarch will embark on a new rash of tour dates beginning this Sunday, the 10th of March in Paris. The band will trek through the UK and Ireland over the following week and a half, with a show in Belgium and a final show back in France to close down the tour.
A thirty-four minute down-tempo/down-tuned ethereal funeral dirge comprised of three tracks, Monarch’s sixth full-length Omens was released via At A Loss Recordings in February 2012, surging with the band’s caustic, trademark style of slow-motion apocalyptic doom, writhing with haunting moans and layered, ghostly shrieks. 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 Kaïdine (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).
Monarch European Tour Actions:
3/10/2013 Espace B – Paris, France
3/11/2013 Hole In The Wall – Colchester, England
3/12/2013 The Chameleon – Nottingham, England
3/13/2013 Bannermans – Edinburg, Scotland
3/14/2013 Voodoo – Belfast, Ireland
3/15/2013 The Pint – Dublin, Ireland
3/16/2013 The Warehouse – Galway, Ireland
3/18/2013 The 13th Note – Glasgow, Scotland
3/20/2013 The Black Heart – London, England
3/21/2013 Pit’s – Courtrai, Belgium
3/22/2013 La Belle Rouge – Tours, France
Stay tuned for further live dates and other Monarch news in the coming weeks, including the upcoming vinyl release of Omens.