The British progressive metal quintet will be spreading some heavy love to a lot of engineers in black t-shirts along with Nothnegal this January.
British progressive metal quintet Monuments will be headlining IIT-Kharagpur’s annual cultural festival Springfest, this January. The band will be playing at the festival on January 25 as part of the festival’s rock competition, Wildfire. Springfest will be taking place from January 23 to January 26 and will feature various performances by other non-metal musicians as well.
Monuments were formed in 2009 after British progressive metal band Fellsilent broke up. Fellsilent were considered one of the earliest ‘djent’ bands and featured, among others, Acle Kahney of TesseracT on guitars. Monuments initially featured John Browne (guitars) and Neema Askari (vocals) from Fellsilent, but Askari left the band, and after a few line-up changes, the band finally found a new line-up that went into the studio to record their debut LP Gnosis. The album featured a fuller, heavier sound that saw the band incorporate more technical elements into their music. The band are due to go on a tour of Europe to support the release of Gnosis later this year.
Apart from Monuments, Maldivian heavy metal band Nothnegal (who also opened for Opeth when they came down for Summer Storm last year) will also be playing at the festival and will be opening for the British djent band.
Wildfire, the rock event at the festival, will also have a rock competition that will see fifteen bands from all over the country competing to win three slots and play on the same stage as the two aforementioned international acts. The elimination rounds for the competition have already been conducted in four cities, Guwahati, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bangalore, and will be held in Kolkata soon. The results of the eliminations have yet to be declared.
Apart from this, the festival will also see two other major musical performances. The first will be a concert featuring popular Bollywood playback singer KK, who is known for singing every song they ever sing at those high-school graduation ceremonies or whatever and will probably be the most attended concert at the festival. The festival will also see a performance by New Delhi-based Indian indie folk-fusion band Advaita, who released their critically acclaimed second album The Silent Sea in February 2012 and have since toured the country successfully, a few times.
Details regarding entry or passes for the concert are yet to be announced. Keep watching this space or checking the festival’s official Facebook page for updates. In the meantime, check out Monuments playing their song ‘Memories’ at the Euroblast Festival in Cologne.