French doom metal quintet MONARCH teamed up with Invisible Oranges to premiere a second excerpt off their upcoming album “Never Forever”, due out September 22nd on Profound Lore Records.
About this new song, bassist MicHell Bidegain comments: “We first started toying with the idea of doing a KISS cover during a soundcheck, for a show in Dublin a few years back. Wizards of Firetop Mountain were on the bill. They are so good! That was a wild night. When working on the intro, we were brainstorming ideas, and with Emilie we were thinking that we needed to find something cool, something Outkast would do. Then we were like ‘fuck it, let’s just use the lyrics from Aquemini on the intro’. I’m glad we did. Once we had the Outkast thing sorted for the KISS intro, we deemed it necessary to use wolf howls to balance out the second solo. And that was it.”
✟ Unearth Monarch’s “Diamant Noir” HERE ✟
With “Never Forever”, MONARCH continue their singular style of punishing ritualistic drone doom and take it towards more melancholic territories. Even more ghostly, atmospheric, and haunting than its predecessor “Sabbracadaver”, “Never Forever” sees the five-piece take even more form and shape with their songwriting while still harnessing that plodding, down-tuned, and crushing low-end that has become their signature rhythmic backdrop to vocalist Emilie Bresson’s enchanting and spellbinding vocals. With the more melancholic tone and vibe of “Never Forever”, Bresson adapts her vocals in a more ethereal and delicate manner likewise, while still juxtaposing them with her otherworldly harsh shrieks.
MONARCH New album “Never Forever”Out September 22nd on Profound Lore Records
1. Of Night, With Knives
2. Song To The Void
4. Diamant Noir
Since 2002, MONARCH have been France’s most recognized and active extreme doom metal band, through countless touring all over the world (which has recently included multiple tours of Japan within the last few years) and delivering a myriad of releases on multiple respected labels of some of the most punishing amplifier worship that has befallen doom metal alongside the likes of such like-minded bands as Corrupted, Noothgrush, Burning Witch, and Khanate. This has earned them the reputation as one of the most recognized and respected underground extreme doom metal bands in the scene today.
Emilie Bresson – Vocals
Shiran Kaidine – Guitar
MicHell Bidegain – Bass
David Hemery – Drums
Stéphane Miollan – Guitar