Des Moines, Iowa-based psychedelic/stoner metal trio DRUIDS recently announced that their new album, Monument, is scheduled for release on April 19, 2019 via The Company KC! The album is available to pre-order now via Bandcamp, with exclusive multi-colored vinyl also available via The Company KC here.
Monument will prove to be the band’s most confident and explorative effort to date, and to further solidify that claim, DRUIDS have revealed the album’s most colossal track, the nearly nine-minute opus “Mirrors of Trigon” – available to stream now via Revolver. Listen here.
Guitarist/vocalist Luke Rauch tells Revolver about the track: “Mirrors of Trigon was definitely the most fun song on Monument to write. We kept coming up with riffs and grooves that we wanted to throw into a song, without making it feel like a nine-minute long song. Keeping things moving and having a solid arrangement were the biggest challenges. Lyrically, Mirrors is based on a person’s experience when their life is at an end. The person has done something unspeakable and realizes they’re running out of time for redemption.”
While online, check out another new track “The Whip” – demonstrating the band’s objective of creating music that is loud, crushing and beautiful while painting lush, vast soundscapes. Listen here.
Expect more new tracks and videos coming soon from DRUIDS!
Though Monument is an absolute classic metal-inspired riffscapade on its surface, there’s much more lying beneath its sonic exterior. Amid the ebb and flow of atmosphere and groove-heavy passages, the album tells a story – inviting the listener on a journey through the afterlife. Each song on Monument depicts the experiences of mystical worlds that the story’s protagonist encounters after death, and ultimately grows from. Some lessons are beautiful, and some brutal. Although they have departed from their world, they are still learning and growing as a spirit.
Luke Rauch adds, “There are personal experiences in the lyrics, as even now, I feel the band and myself growing in the way the character does.”
Monument Track Listing:
1) New Breath
2) Iron Healer
3) Mirrors of Trigon
4) The Whip
Monument was produced by Brandon Darner, engineered and mixed by Micah Natera, and mastered by Doug Van Sloan.
DRUIDS will hit the road in April! See below for all confirmed tour dates:
Remaining DRUIDS Tour Dates:
4/19 Kansas City, MO @ Union Library
4/20 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
4/27 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
DRUIDS first laid their destructive groundwork over two releases – Pray for Water and The Sound of Meditation (released in 2009 and 2013, respectively) – continually looking to push their own personal boundaries, physically and sonically. With the release of 2016’s Cycles of Mobeum, the boys embarked on a full year of heavy touring all over the United States, giving audiences in unsuspecting cities a heavy, cathartic live show, awash with wailing guitar solos, rhythmic drumming and chunky, grooving bass-lines. They took to the studio in early 2017 to record their follow up, Spirit Compass, with producer Brandon Darner (David Keuning, Radio Moscow) to shape what would be a smoldering follow-up.
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