INTERVIEW: John Browne of Monuments

UK progressive metal masters Monuments stood alongside Coldrain, Patent Pending, Butcher Babies and The Interrupters as one of the first five bands to be announced for the Soundwave 2015 festival – part of Soundwave’s ultra-cool strategy of highlighting a few of the slightly-lesser-known-but-soon-to-kick-your-ass bands prior to the main announcement. If you haven’t heard Monuments yet you soon will; their music is from the same general region of metal as folks like Periphery, Animals As Leaders and Circles, but with an enhanced focus on groove. Call it djent you can shake your ass too if you must, put a label on it, but the point is that in a genre with a few inspired standouts and a whole lot of soundalikes, Monuments have that extra something to set themselves apart. Now with Chris Barretto (ex-Periphery, Ever Forthright) on vocals, they’ve pushed their sound to further levels of originality and power on new album The Amanunensis, a sprawling concept album inspired by David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas. Read More …