|Monolord rules the night in Bellingham, WA, a few years ago. (Cat Rose photo)|
When asked what some of Monolord’s early practices were like for our blog a few years ago, guitarist/vocalist Thomas V Jäger replied:
“It was something in the air that night. We wrote the song ‘Empress Rising’ on our first rehearsal and two lights broke. So I guess something was going on.”
The men behind the pulverizing Swedish magic along with Jäger are Esben Willems (drums) and Mika Häkki (bass) and they’ll soon return to thump the US and Canada with the following gigs:
08/18 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel (Psycho Las Vegas)
08/22 Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone
08/23 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
08/24 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
08/25 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
08/26 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
08/27 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
08/28 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
08/29 Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
08/30 Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit
08/31 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (Scorched Tundra)
09/01 Millvale, PA @ Funhouse
09/02 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk
09/03 Toronto, ON, Canada @Garrison
09/04 Montreal, QC, Canada @La Vitrola
09/05 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
09/07 Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh (Hopscotch)
09/08 Richmond, VA @ Capital Ale House (w/ Red Fang)
09/09 Washington DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel (w/ Red Fang)
09/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
09/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Here’s what I wrote following their epic show in Bellingham, WA, on their last US go-round:
When Monolord delivers, they decimate.
It feels like the venue will crumble. It feels like the listener will be shattered into pieces.
And we welcome this — we want to participate in the hefty barrage of dirge offerings from the Swedish trio. It’s good to have your brain rattled sometimes, clear out the cobwebs of whatever shit has been tossed your way during the day.
Monolord is like a doom therapist. Let the healing begin.