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I feel like a complete fanboy due to the amount of Monarch posts here, but I guess there’s no denying that.

Some of you may remember the omitted section of my review of Sabbat Noir, well, I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to reveal the information I had acquired beforehand so I nixed the idea and omitted the section, as a bit of a mysterious end to lure you back.

Here’s some news straight from the band, it’s even going to be in quotes, fancy.

“Some Monarch news :

Our new records, Omens, will be released by At A Loss Recordings in October/November.
The new material was recorded by the band while on tour at Kakurega Studio in Osaka, Japan, Headgap Studios in Melbourne, Australia, Crane Studio in Montreal, Quebec, and Engine Studios in Chicago, Ill.
The album was mixed by Sanford Parker at Engine Studios, and mastered by Colin Jordan at the Boiler Room, Chicago, Ill.
Track listing :
1) Blood Seeress
2) Transylvanian Incantations
3) Black Become The Sun
Omens was written and recorded by Emilie Bresson (vocals, electronics), Shiran Kaidin (guitar), Michell Bidegain, (bass, guitar), Rob Shaffer (drums), and also features guest musicians Sano (from Birushanah), Eric Quach (Thisquietarmy), Yailen Munoz (from Ensorcelor) and Robert Macmanus (ex-Grey Daturas).
The band will be presenting the new album while on tour in Europe in October/November, and plans are being made for a US tour in February/March.”

So, my news was that Yailen from Ensorcelor (who have a new song up on their bandcamp if you click their name it’ll link ya) was doing guest vocals. I heard it early on and I’ve been excited ever since. I personally cannot wait to hear this album with all that goodness going on. Enjoy that anticipation driven anxiety.

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Sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s what girls are made of right? Nope…they’re equipped with the Mind of Satan at hand, inverting every cross in their path, setting fire to any number of things,and speaking in this weird hypnotic, reverberating voice. It’s really quite chilling(and fun to watch!…on YouTube…sadly).

Monarch! are from France (Bayonne/St. Augustine), and are the epitome of slow. You could go smoke a cigarette and drink a pot of coffee, come back, and the same note will still be ringing. The amp worship in this band is insane. The sheer heaviness bellowing forth from these guys and gal is uncanny. How they don’t shake themselves off stage is beyond me, or stop their heart from stopping via frequency overload. Emilie’s vocals sound at times like wolves creeping up from behind you as you’re running through a dark, wooded area. Not to mention their own imagery. They definitely have a fine aesthetic appeal to go along with their music, something I can greatly appreciate.

The LP has only two tracks, Sabbat Noir I and Sabbat Noir II, there is a third track that didn’t make it onto the album, which is what their Sortilege album consists of, the song that got away. (Luckily, I’ll be selling it soon!) Both Sabbat Noir I and Sabbat Noir II clock in over 14 minutes a piece and will be more than enough to satisfy that aching need for something slow, droney, sludgy, and haunting. So, don’t be a bum pick up this album before it’s too late. Rumor has it, a new album is on its way and its got some pretty awesome (omitted) up.

Emilie Bresson a.k.a. Eurogirl : vocals
Shiran Kaidin : guitar
MicHell Bidegain : bass
Rob Shaffer : drums

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Hailing from France is this female-fronted beast of a group, Monarch! Consisting of vocal distortionist Emilie, bassist Michell, Shiran on guitar and Robert wielding the sticks, Monarch! are wretchedly slow and soaked in a pleasant misanthropic feel. Emilie’s scathing vocals will haunt you, eerie as hell and sending chills through to your bones before leading you into the shrieks of nightmares. You know when you hear or see something that makes you just want to take a shower? The thick wall of sludge seeping out of these guys is a perfect match with the vocals.

Having not had the chance to catch them live yet, I’ve only been able to catch live chunks that are floating around on YouTube. What I have seen is pretty intense. Everyone in the band is highly invested in the sound, slamming down on notes with the intensity of a freight train, as cliche as that may be, I don’t think that anyone can listen to these guys (and gal) and not feel some sense of despair.

Check them out, go support the band…here’s their myspace ( http://www.myspace.com/monarchuberalles ) and here’s a couple videos. I’ll post more later, don’t want to give you everything at once…

here’s one where you can see everything….not quite the same effect, but still amazing and intense as hell.