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Album: Monuments – The Amanuensis

July 10th, 2014

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The Amanuensis
Century Media
23 June 2014

by Ruth Booth

Aside from the whole “music” thing, djent bands are known for two more err things: conceptual exploration – usually of the spiritual or philosophical bent – and, unfortunately, an inability to keep a vocalist for longer than two minutes. Both of these can handle like double-edged swords for a band – certainly that’s the case with The Amanuensis, the second album from progressive supergroup Monuments.

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Album: Cyclamen – Ashura

October 15th, 2013

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Cyclamen
Ashura
Realising Records
14 October 2013

by Ruth Booth

It’s kind of difficult to define a difficult second album when it comes to experimental metal. Essentially, it’s the difference between wilfully unaccessible and accidentally unaccessible – which is akin to finding the bit between scalding hot and freezing on a shower dial. If you like the Yin Yang swing that comes with eschewing genre purity you’ll be amongst fierce fans of 2010’s Senjyu. How you’ll feel about Cyclamen’s far darker follow-up, Ashura, is another matter.

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Sunday Slaylist: Tech-Fest 2013

March 31st, 2013

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Earlier this week, the folks over in charge of Tech-Fest 2013 made their first line-up announcement – and they weren’t messing about. 25 bands, including all three major headline acts, were all covered in the first batch of names. That’s the kind of festival announcement we can get behind, and the kind that we’re making the subject of this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist.

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Swanny from Monuments talks Djent, conspiracy theories, and the rejection of bourgeois concepts regarding spiritual and social fulfilment.

October 29th, 2012

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While we get a lot of funny things sent to us in the mail, we get a Hell of a lot stranger things sent to us by email. This column by AdamSwanny’ Swan, bassist of Brit-djentsters, Monuments, on the disaffection of British music youth in the face of mass media music and tired, predictable 4/4 beats, is definitely one of the latter. That’s him second from the left up above. Yeah, him with the dreadlocks. The boy’s certainly got a lot on his mind….

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 006: The Art of the Perfect Gig

July 18th, 2012

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It’s been a little longer than normal between podcasts, and it’s for one simple reason – we’ve been to so many gigs since the last podcast that we simply haven’t found the time to be in the same room for long enough to record an episode. Handily, that’s the inspiration for the main topic of conversation on this week’s episode – just what is it that makes a gig great?

Did any of the gigs we’ve been too recently – including Faith No More, Pearl Jam, Baroness, Monuments, Kerouac and Sacred Mother Tongue to name but a few – made the grade as “classic” gigs? Raz and Hugh debate this question, as well as going over their all-time favourite shows.

The Thrash Hits Podcast 006: The Art of the Perfect Gig

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Live: The League of Extraordinary Djentlemen (Periphery, TesseracT + Monuments) @ London Camden Underworld – 11 February 2011

February 14th, 2011

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It was one of the most hotly-anticipated metal gigs of 2011 so far. Over the past couple of years, Maryland metallers Periphery have increased the popularity of Djent – the genre of jarring, one-significant-chorded tech metal that Meshuggah created a quarter of a century ago. British djent stars, TesseracT are signed to the US arm of Century Media and Monuments are being talked about as one of the next big things. Of course we were there!

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Label Profile 001: Basick Records

September 20th, 2010

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There are some really cool record labels around so we thought we’d start talking about and talking to a few of them. Seeing as Basick Records are celebrating their 5th birthday this weekend with a free gig in Luton, we decided to talk to label boss and general awesome guy, Nathan “Barley” Phillips. In return, he sent us a naked photo of himself…

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