L.A. progressive sludge trio BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH shares menacing « Psychlopean Dread » video; new album out July 15 on Ripple Music.
Los Angeles blackened doom and sludge giants BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH premiere an oppressive and crushing new video for « Psychlopean Dread » via Cvlt Nation. Their fourth album ‘From The Fathomless Deep’ is set for a July 15th release on Ripple Music.
BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH return stronger and heavier than ever with their first new studio album in seven years! The trio has spent the last two years refining what made them one of Los Angeles’ greatest treasures over the last decade: lumbering iron riffs that kneel at the altar of Iommi, foam-mouthed roars, serpentine solos and Price’s innate love for southern licks and classic metal tics. “From The Fathomless Deep” is their darkest and most menacing record yet, an album that stares fearlessly into the shadows. With a sound that incorporates doom metal, black metal and fast-paced sludge with some epic progressive craftsmanship, this furious shape-shifting record should please fans of Inter Arma, Mastodon, Intronaut or Primitive Man.
Says the band: « Psychlopean Dread is the second track from our upcoming album and another Cosmic Horror-themed song. It’s one of those songs that started with a simple riff in the rehearsal room and came together pretty quickly. It’s also the first song that was started and finished when we returned to a power trio format with our bassist Menno fronting the band. The video was produced and edited by our friend Collyn McCoy from the band Circle of Sighs.«
Feel the anxiety of new video « Psychlopean Dread«
BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH is not the same band we knew all those years ago: they are now grizzlier, rougher-hewn and more technically visceral than ever before. A welcome reward for their decade-old following, and an ear-splitting surprise for those unbaptized. With stunning artwork by revered heavy metal and horror artist Dusty Peterson, ‘From The Fathomless Deep’ will be released in various vinyl formats, CD and digital on July 15th through Ripple Music. => Check out their latest single « Crown/The Immeasurable Void«
In their fourteen years of existence, Los Angeles’ progressive sludge stalwarts BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH have experienced triumph, loss and all that is in between. Their 2012 release ‘Defender, Redeemist’ was a breakthrough, described as a “musical reincarnation of the Wooly Mammoth” by Blabbermouth.net, but the passing of bassist and vocalist Kevin McDade in 2013 put their ascent to a halt. Guitarist Matt Price and drummer Chase Manhattan explored new lineups, unfamiliar musical territory and even other bands in the years that passed. 2015 saw the release of BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH’s last full-length ‘Architects of the Void’, which touched upon black metal textures, and the album cycle culminated in a 2016 appearance at Roadburn Festival. The pair then toured the world as the rhythm section for Portland’s Lord Dying and performed on their last record ‘Mysterium Tremendum’.
In 2019, Price and Manhattan returned to their original power-trio format, welcoming veteran Menno Verbaten (Lowlife/Cryptic Slaughter, Expulsion, Lightning Swords of Death) on bass and vocals. The three have spent the last two years refining what made BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH one of Los Angeles’ greatest treasures over the last decade: lumbering iron riffs that kneel at the altar of Iommi, foam-mouthed roars, serpentine solos and Price’s innate love for southern licks and classic metal licks. The fist-pumping bounce from Defender/Redeemist’s “We Are the Worm” is replaced with twisting and ghostly maneuvering on “Spirit Taker,” and Price’s solos clasp at heights unseen on “Psychlopean Dread” and the titanic typhoon that is “Stormbreaker Suite”. The mighty trio is now ready to unleash their wrath on the world with new album ‘From the Fathomless Deep’, to be released worldwide in the summer of 2022.
BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH is
Menno Verbaten – Bass & vocals
Matt Price – Guitar
Chase Manhattan – Drums