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Below is our complete Monarch news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Monarch Gearing Up For Tour Dates

A band which continually embarks on tours across the globe, France’s avant sludge coven Monarch will head to the Australian continent for the fourth time in the coming weeks.

From July 18th through 21st, Monarch will dredge the Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth metropolises laying down an oppressive and ethereal wall of noise-filled opening support for doom legends Saint Vitus. Just days later, on July 27th, the quartet will return to Sydney to headline Slaughterfest VI over thirteen other underground acts on the decimating bill.

7/18/2013 The Hi Fi - Brisbane w/ Saint Vitus
7/19/2013 The Hi Fi - Sydney w/ Saint Vitus
7/20/2013 The Hi Fi - Melbourne w/ Saint Vitus
7/21/2013 The Rosemount - Perth w/ Saint Vitus
7/27/2013 Spectrum - Sydney @ Slaughterfest VI [info]

A thirty-four minute down-tempo/down-tuned funeral dirge comprised of three tracks, Monarch's sixth full-length "Omens" was released via At A Loss Recordings in February 2012.

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Monarch Embarking On New Tour

France’s avant-garde sludge/doom artisans Monarch will embark on a new rash of tour dates beginning today in Paris.

The band will trek through the U.K. and Ireland over the following week and a half, with a show in Belgium and a final show back in France to close down the tour. Dates are available below, and the following press release was also issued about the band's latest album:

"A thirty-four minute down-tempo/down-tuned ethereal funeral dirge comprised of three tracks, Monarch's sixth full-length Omens was released via At A Loss Recordings in February 2012, surging with the band’s caustic, trademark style of slow-motion apocalyptic doom, writhing with haunting moans and layered, ghostly shrieks.

"Omens was recorded over a four month period in four different countries with four different producers -- Osaka, Japan by Hironori Ochi @ Kakurega, Melbourne, Australia by Neil Thomason @ Head Gap, Montreal, Canada by Matt Cartman @ Crane Studio, and Chicago, IL by Sanford Parker @ Engine Studios -- then mixed by Sanford Parker and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room (Twilight, Ministry, Yob). More...

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Monarch Streaming "Omens" Release

With the release of Monarch's sixth full-length, "Omens," set for release in just two weeks via At A Loss Recordings, the band will embark on a first full tour in support of the crushing album. The chaos shall ensue this Friday in Basque Country, and devastate clubs throughout Europe into early March, tackling France, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Denmark. Monarch will be performing alongside atmospheric Irish black metal outfit Altar Of Plagues for the entire trek.

In support of the forthcoming album and the kickoff of the tour, as of today BrooklynVegan is streaming Monarch's entire "Omens" opus, alongside an exclusive interview with the band. Get your fix of pummeling, haunting sludge at this location.

Monarch's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Altar Of Plagues Reveals European Tour Dates

Candlelight recording artist Altar Of Plagues has revealed the dates of its upcoming European tour with French doom band Monarch. Stream songs from Altar Of Plagues' second full-length album "Mammal" by heading over to the band's Facebook page.

FEB 17 AZTETXE AKOTZ – Basque Country
FEB 18 LA CONSERVERIE – Angers, France
FEB 19 CARLO LEVI – Liege, Belgium
FEB 20 USCHIS-HC IMBE – Leipzig, Germany
FEB 22 CLUB TAPPER – Tallinn, Estonia
FEB 23 KUUDES LINJA – Helsinki, Finland
FEB 24 CLUB MELNA PIEKDIENA – Riga, Latvia
FEB 25 CLUB PROPAGANDA – Vilnius, Lithuania
FEB 26 KLUB UCHO – Gdynia, Poland
FEB 27 CRK – Wroclaw, Poland
FEB 28 CHEMIFABRIK – Dresden, Germany
FEB 29 LOPPEN - Copenhagen, Denmark
MAR 1 STUBNITZ – Rostok, Germany
MAR 2 AJZ – Bielefield, Germany
MAR 3 GLAZART – Paris, France


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Monarch Reveals "Omens" Details

French drone/sludge collective Monarch this week reveals the details of the recently completed sixth album, "Omens" -- the band's first release for Maryland-based At A Loss Recordings -- now confirmed for public consumption on February 28th. The following press release was issued about the album:

"A thirty-four minute down-tempo/down-tuned ethereal funeral dirge comprised of three tracks, 'Omens' perfectly personifies what fans have come to embrace about MONARCH since their 2005 inception, their caustic, crushing style of slow-motion apocalyptic doom coming alive with haunting moans and layered, ghostly shrieks throughout Omens' entirety. The record features artwork by Yann Black and Valérie Poulin and will be released as a six-panel digipak CD in an initial pressing of 1,000 copies.

"Monarch recorded Omens over a four month period in four different countries with four different producers -- Osaka, Japan by Hironori Ochi @ Kakurega, Melbourne, Australia by Neil Thomason @ Head Gap, Montreal, Canada by Matt Cartman @ Crane Studio, and Chicago, IL by Sanford Parker @ Engine Studios -- then mixed by Sanford Parker and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room (Twilight, Ministry, Yob). The album features newest member Rob Shaffer (Dark Castle, YOB) along with guitarist Shiran Kaïdine (Year of No Light), bassist MicHell Bidegain, and as always the ethereal, penetrating vocals of Emilie Bresson. The record also includes guest appearances by Atsuchi Sano (Birushanah), Yailen Munoz (Ensorcelor), Eric Quach (Thisquietarmy), Jeanne Peluard (The Sparteens) and Robert MacManus (ex-Grey Daturas, ex-Monarch)."

A brand new teaser clip for Omens has been constructed to give fans a glimpse of what to expect from the album. Check it out at below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Blood Seeress
2. Transylvanian Incantations
3. Black Becomes the Sun More...

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Monarch Announces "Omen" Release

Atmospheric sludge/drone act Monarch will release "Omens" via At A Loss Recordings this Autumn. Confirmed album info and release dates will be unveiled over the coming weeks as things take shape.

"Omens" will be Monarch’s sixth full-length release since the band's 2005 inception. After several lineup changes over the years, Monarch recently acquired drummer Rob Schaeffer (Dark Castle, YOB live, etc.). The lineup also includes guitarist Shiran Kaïdine (Year of No Light), bassist MicHell Bidegain, and the vocals of Emilie Bresson.

The band will tour Europe starting in mid-October, including a stop at this year’s Supersonic Festival in Birmingham, England. Details are as follows:

10/19/2011 Ateliers de Bitche – Nantes, France
10/20/2011 La Miroiterie – Paris, France w/ Aluk Todolo
10/22/2011 Birmingham, England @ Supersonic Festival
10/23/2011 The Twisted Pepper – Dublin, Ireland w/ De Novissimis
10/28/2011 The Navigation – Nottingham, England
10/29/2011 The Unicorn – London, England w/ Pombagira, Sonance
10/30/2011 The Fishtank – Durham, England w/ Bong
10/31/2011 The Green Door Store – Brighton, England w/ Pagan Altar
11/02/2011 DB’s – Utrecht, Netherlands
11/04/2011 Les Pavillions Sauvages – Toulouse, France w/ Goat River
11/05/2011 Katie Daly’s – Bayonne, France

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Wolves in the Throne Room To Tour Australia

Atmospheric black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room and incredibly low-tempo French doom band Monarch will be touring Australia in February. Also joining the tour will be Melbourne-based Agents of Abhorrence. The tour dates are as follows:

19 Feb 2010 Fowlers Live, Adelaide, South Australia
20 Feb 2010 Arthouse Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria
21 Feb 2010 Venue TBC (Just Wolves & Monarch), Hobart, Tasmania
24 Feb 2010 Venue TBC, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
25 Feb 2010 Hi Fi Bar, Brisbane, Queensland
26 Feb 2010 Venue TBC, Sydney, New South Wales
27 Feb 2010 Hi Fi Bar, Melbourne, Victoria
28 Feb 2010 The National Hotel, Geelong, Victoria

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