||MONUMENT ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST AND DEBUT SINGLE
1st February 2012
The Second Wave of British Heavy Metal was never going to arrive quietly onto the scene and Monument are more than happy to be waving the flag and making the noise!
Since signalling their arrival on the scene with a showcase and an unforgettable performance at the infamous CroBar last year, Monument have been working hard perfecting their sound, paying obvious tribute to their inspirations but also taking on the responsibility of ensuring this new wave has it's own identity.
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In the summer, they gave us teaser track, 'Rock The Night' featuring none other than Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest) on guitar that fulfilled this mission statement: it was bold, brash and British to the core. It was gritty yet merry, irrepresible in it's celebration of all that is Heavy Metal...
'fatal Attack' is the official single release from Monument and is taken from their debut EP due out later this year. I will warn you: once you play this song, it will be extremely difficult to shift. The passion of Peter Ellis' vocal will pull you in, they lyrics are unshakeable, and the drums and riffage will act like a Heavy Metal pace-maker...
What is equally exciting for this band is the recruitment of new guitarist (and fellow ex-member of White Wizzard!) Lewis Stephens who shares Ellis' musical vision for the project:
"Since working with Peter in White Wizzard, him and I developed a great bond and friendship, and from that worked well together musically. Ever since listening to 'Rock The Night' I knew Monument had great prospects, and I am honoured to be given the opportunity to play these great songs and to work with Peter again. I cant wait to get out on the road with the guys, and show the world what the 2nd wave of British Heavy Metal is all about!"
The single will be accompanied by a music video, in which Monument will be portraying an attack of the fatal kind... Ripper-style! Aside from the obvious title connection, Jack the Ripper was to many in the East End what Grimm Fairytales were to us; ever-present:
"I have been living in the East End of London for a very long time and I often find myself in some of the places that Jack The Ripper committed his murders so it was a very natural thing for me to write a song about him.
"Lyrical references to 'The Beast' and 'The Priest' upon the backdrop of London's East End, becomes more of a statement on what Monument is all about, as well as a tribute to the bands that have inspired us to play this type of music and to do things they way we do."