A first extract of the fourth MONOLITHE album is now streaming on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/debemurmorti/monolithe-monolithe-iv-excerpt.
This highly anticipated new album, “Monolithe IV“, will be released on October 18th via Debemur Morti Productions. Once again, the fantastic artwork was conceived by Norwegian artist Robert Høyem from Overhaus (formerly known as At The Ends). Robert is already known for crafting the cover of MONOLITHE‘s third opus, “Monolithe III” and MONOLITHE‘s debut album reissue “Monolithe I“.
The sumptuous 4-panel digipack CD can be pre-ordered for 15 EUR postpaid worldwide through the label’s webshop : www.eitrin.com
Among the contemporary Doom Metal bands who have risen in the international scene during the last decade, French-based MONOLITHE, whose musical journeys opened up new horizons for the genre, stood out from the mass since its early days.
MONOLITHE‘s music needs to be lived more than listened to. Its atmosphere is grandiose and epic. The entire discography is a musical saga that mixes heaviness, mysticism and complex structures tinged with hints of progressive flair. The listener is invited into a world of beauty, horror and nothingness.
Formed in 2001, MONOLITHE is the creation of Sylvain Bégot. Their debut album, “Monolithe I” was released in 2003 (Appease Me…) and started the series of 50-minute, single-track albums which would later become the band’s trademark.
“Monolithe I” was a well-received effort and MONOLITHE were able to establish themselves on the international stage. With “Monolithe II” released in 2005 (Candlelight Records/ Appease Me…) the band maintained they did not want to become repetitive but intended to harmonize their saga by maintaining consistency in their lyrics and music.
With their EPs “Interlude Premier” (2007) and “Interlude Second” (2012), MONOLITHE tried to push the frontiers of the genre by experiencing and using unusual musical vocabulary. These two records have been released on the internet free of charge.
Heralded as a progression in continuity, the third full-length album “Monolithe III” (2012) marked the beginning of a partnership with Debemur Morti Productions. Again, the album met with universal acclaim, allowing the band to reach a new level of worldwide recognition.
MONOLITHE is now getting ready to unleash the last instalment of its epic saga: “Monolithe IV”, which will spread around the world in October 2013.
Alongside this new single-track album, the closure of a saga that started exactly ten years ago will be celebrated with the reissue of the entire MONOLITHE back catalogue through Debemur Morti Productions. “Monolithe I”, “Monolithe II” & “Monolithe Zero” (including “Interlude Premier”,“Interlude Second” and bonus material) will all be made available once more including enhanced and congruous artwork.
Richard Loudin : Vocals
Sylvain Bégot : Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Devices
Benoît Blin : Guitars, Bass
Sébastien Latour : Additional keyboards, Orchestration
Female choir vocals performed by Emma Elvaston
Music and lyrics by Sylvain Bégot
Vocal lines by Sylvain Bégot & Richard Loudin
Produced and recorded by Sylvain Bégot (except female vocals recorded by Sébastien Latour)
Mixed & mastered by Andrew Guillotin
Bandphoto artwork by Ephedream Studio
Artwork designed by Robert Høyem