MONARCH! – The Heavy Blog is Heavy Interview

Writing a standout doom metal album is a difficult task nowadays. This isn't due to an overall lack of quality within the genre's modern progenitors, but because of the antithesis; more and more excellent doom metal albums seem to enter the running for our year ends lists with each passing year. MONARCH! (Monarch from here on out) has never struggled with this  endeavor over the course of their 15-year career, particularly when it comes to their recent output with the eminent Profound Lore Records. Yet, while Sabbracadaver was certainly a doom highlight in 2014, Never Forever sees the band returning this year with their most colossal and grandiose album to date, presenting a masterful synthesis of drone metal with doom's more macabre characteristics. We sat down with the band to discuss the process of writing their latest epic, as well as a handful of other topics related to their past, present and future within the shifting landscape of modern doom. 

62 – Industry Shena-Nick-ans

Yay, we have a threesome! If we were youtube clickbait, I'd have to call this METAL PODCAST PRANK (GONE SEXUAL). Anyway, this week we have Nick around again, and as we are often wont to do, we talk about industry shenanigans with him. Namely the Nielsen report on 2016 music sales, Tidal's new gimmick, some Facebook deathcore page scamming people, and then we go into some news. New music or whatever from Panopticon, Pyrrhon, Convulsing, Pallbearer, Good Tiger, and Wintersun (enjoy my rant on that). Also in our weekly Season of Mist worship, the One And All, Together, For Home album featuring Drudkh, Primordial, Winterfylleth and more. Then we talk about good double albums, what makes a live show good, and the shittiness of the notion of "female fronted" bands.

Listen As Season of Mist and Roman Sayenko Dig Deep Into the Folk Roots of Black Metal

Season of Mist teamed up in 2014 with Drudkh frontman Roman Sayenko to remedy the implicitness of folk tradition within black metal. Together, they gave us an underrated gem of an album called One and All, Together, for Home. It is nothing else but a collaboration album spanning various traditions, sounds and histories to shine a light on some of the folk music that acts as fuel for black metal. The roster includes the aforementioned Primordial, but also Haive, Winterfylleth, Kampfar and more. Together, they've compiled an album made up of a rich tapestry of styles, from true-to-source renditions of ancient songs to more metal oriented interpretations of said melodies. The guidelines for the contributing acts seem to have fast and loose and thus, the album features varied and disparate approaches, lending it a strong sense of personal, creative identity.