monuments countdown

Monuments have been plagued with lineup issues seemingly from day one. From memory, they’ve gone through at least four vocalists, most recently Matt Rose, who parted ways with the band earlier this year. Resiliency runs deep in the nu-prog scene and its revolving door of members, and it would seem as though Monuments are hinting at a replacement.

The band’s official website now hosts a mysterious countdown to Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 7 AM EST. It’s anyone’s guess as to what could be considered significant about this countdown, but the first thing I jump to is an announcement of a new vocalist along with a new single. 26 days is quite a long time, and surely they wouldn’t tease a countdown of JUST a new vocalist for that far away if they were confident he would be sticking around on a more permanent basis.

No, 26 days seems like a comfortable amount of time to put together a new single or perhaps even an EP with some re-recorded songs from Gnosis featuring the new talent. If you’re teasing something that far in advance and being cryptic about it, it’s gotta be big. Expect a new singer and at least one song. Even better, the website’s header is “THISWILLBEMONUMENTS”, as opposed to the “THISISMONUMENTS” phrase the band uses for URLs and accounts. They’re definitely hinting at the future of the band.

Of course, this is all just wild speculation and really, it could be anything. We’ll just have to wait and see!

– JR


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