Since 2002, MONARCH have been France’s most recognized and active extreme doom metal
band, through countless touring all over the world (which has recently included multiple tours
of Japan within the last few years) and delivering a myriad of releases on multiple respected
labels of some of the most punishing amplifier worship that has befallen doom metal alongside
the likes of such like-minded bands as Corrupted, Noothgrush, Burning Witch, and
Khanate. This has earned them the reputation as one of the most recognized and respected
underground extreme doom metal bands in the scene today.
With their new album “Never Forever”, France’s cult extreme doom metal
band MONARCH continue their singular style of punishing ritualistic drone doom and take it
towards more melancholic territories. Even more ghostly, atmospheric, and haunting than its
predecessor, 2014’s “Sabbracadaver”, “Never Forever” sees the five-piece take even more
form and shape with their songwriting while still harnessing that plodding, down-tuned, and
crushing low-end that has become their signature rhythmic backdrop to vocalist Emilie
Bresson’s enchanting and spellbinding vocals. With the more melancholic tone and vibe of
“Never Forever”, Bresson adapts her vocals in a more ethereal and delicate manner likewise,
while still juxtaposing them with her otherworldly harsh shrieks.