Imonolith – Hollow (single) (2019)
Release Date: January 18, 2019
IMONOLITH features Drummer Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen (ex-Devin Townsend Project/Band), Guitarist Brian Waddell (ex-Devin Townsend Project/Band), Guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of Mayhem, Noise Therapy), Bassist Byron Stroud (Ex-Strapping Young Lad, Ex-Fear Factory, Ex- 3 Inches of Blood, Zimmers Hole), Vocalist Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Arkaea).
Imonolith – Hollow (single) (3:39)
L-R – Brian Waddell – Guitars, Kai Huppunen – Guitars, Jon Howard – Vocals, Ryan Van Poederooyen – Drums, Byron Stroud – Bass
Photo Credit: Dave Benedict
IMONOLITH was formed in January 2018 by Drummer, Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen (ex-Devin Townsend Project/Band) and Guitarist, Brian Waddell (ex-Devin Townsend Project/Band). The pair originally started writing music together for the then untitled band in 2015, while respectively playing in the Devin Townsend Project (2009-2017). Bassist – Byron Stroud (Ex-Strapping Young Lad, Ex-Fear Factory, Ex- 3 Inches of Blood, Zimmers Hole), Vocalist – Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Arkaea) and 2nd Guitarist – Kai Huppunen (Methods of Mayhem, Noise Therapy) complete Imonolith as a band.
IMONOLITH is a hard working and devoted group of accomplished musicians, who have amassed a ton of professional experience touring the world in their various bands over the years. Their collective live experience includes performing on mainstage’s at European festivals such as, Wacken Open Air, Download Festival, Hellfest, Summer Breeze and many more to playing sold-out iconic venues like, Royal Albert Hall and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. In just a few months they’ve amassed a fanbase of thousands worldwide through their Social Media pages.
IMONOLITH’s music is best described as a heavy, driven, and transcendent genre of metal. You can count on strong hooks, captivating and energetic vocals, backed by creative guitars and drumming.
IMONOLITH is a compelling, 5 piece Canadian based Hard Rock/Metal band made up of an impressive pedigree of musicians. They demand attention from their entrancing and memorable vocal melodies to their crushing, unforgettable guitar riﬀs right up to their driven, hypnotic grooves. IMONOLITH has everything that relates to the current heavy music enthusiast whether it’s hard-hitting metal or catchy active rock radio music. They’re a diverse band that will not be ignored.
IMONOLITH was formed in February 2018 by Drummer, Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project/Band) and Guitarist, Brian Waddell (Devin Townsend Project/ Band). The pair originally started writing IMONOLITH’s brand of music in 2015, while respectively playing in the Devin Townsend Project (2009-2018). ‘RVP’ and Waddell pursued Bassist – Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory), Vocalist – Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Arkaea) and 2nd Guitarist – Kai Huppunen (Methods of Mayhem, Noise Therapy) to complete IMONOLITH as a band.
Each members professionalism, experience, dedication and perseverance over the past 15+ years has allowed them all to tour worldwide with various famous musical acts. Their background, know-how, and drive have bled into what IMONOLITH has become today and only adds to the potential of what the band will ultimately become. Their previous touring experience has granted them opportunities to collectively perform live throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Their passion for playing live is also their motivation to execute their brand of music worldwide in as many venues and live settings as possible. This is a band that unitedly craves the energy from a profound, zealous crowd, and they know how to encourage this type of live experience.
IMONOLITH has already amassed a dedicated legion of supporters worldwide and their following continues to expand by the thousands as the band continues to grow. The interaction between IMONOLITH and their supporters is paramount to their long term vision… that’s why the connection to their devotees through their social media network is robust and of the greatest importance to them, along with their music.
IMONOLITH’s debut single and video, Hollow is being released on January 18th, 2019. The song was produced, recorded and mixed by the powerhouse production team made up of, Brian Howes and Jay Van Poederooyen (Nickelback, Chris Cornell, Airbourne, Hinder, Daughtry) at Van Howes Studios in Los Angeles, California. IMONOLITH’s debut album is being scheduled to be released in the summer of 2019 and followed up with extensive touring.
In closing, IMONOLITH will surprise its followers and any newcomer with their invigorating approach to music. Their musical direction is ever evolving and the band’s work ethic is undeniable. This combination of principles will surely strengthen the solidity of their brand of music and the foundation the band was firmly built on.
IMONOLITH has arrived.
Jon Howard – Vocals
Brian Waddell – Guitars
Kai Huppunen – Guitars
Byron Stroud – Bass
Ryan Van Poederooyen – Drums
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Montreal, QC – January 9, 2019
For fans of Katatonia, Anathema, Porcupine Tree, Cloudkicker
Nova Scotia’s Atmospheric Prog MARC DURKEE Posts Acoustic Cover of A Perfect Circle’s ‘3 Libras’
New Album “Remain In Stasis” Out January 2019
New Music Video Offers “A Way To Escape”
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia’s solo atmospheric prog artist Marc Durkee is a big fan of American supergroup A Perfect Circle. Covering their songs over the years, he’s has posted his latest acoustic rendition of ‘3 Librs’, which can be viewed on his youtube channel where other past covers from personal favourites can be watched.
Marc Durkee – ‘3 Libra’ (A Perfect Circle) – https://youtu.be/YEQasV0ipp8
Inspired by Katatonia, Tesseract, Anathema, Devin Townsend, Coheed & Cambria, Marc Durkee’s music can be described as “a blend of progressive, metal/rock, doom metal, post-hardcore, and post-rock.”
Durkee’s new album ‘Remain In Stasis’ will be out on out January 18th, 2019 and is loaded with deep meaning to this courageous and talented solo artist, as he explains.
“The first meaning of this release is personal. I’ve been stuck in a state of depersonalization for almost five years now. For me, it’s been a chronic symptom of dealing with years of depression and stress, and it’s unrelenting. When it’s at its worst, it removes mostly all motivation and enjoyment from my life. While that is unfortunate, it does serve as a major source of inspiration for song-writing…The second meaning is more political and universal. I feel that humanity is at a unique point in our history, with technology and social media allowing us to communicate and express ourselves in ways that were previously unimaginable. And yet, nobody really DOES communicate. It seems as though it’s mostly used as a platform to bicker over political ideals and agendas and create discourse, or for anyone to use as their own personal performance venue. Everyone wants to be seen and heard, even those who really don’t deserve to be.”
Marc Durkee is one artist who really does deserve to be heard, and when ‘Remain In Stasis’ is released, all the world will hear him.
Music Video – ‘A Way To Escape’ – https://youtu.be/-g0vWXpaD6E
Guitar Video – ‘The Dark Dimension’ – https://youtu.be/QB0hJjpbBXo
1. The Dark Dimension (5:05)
2. A Way To Escape (5.22)
3. Mimesis (3:55)
4. A Great Disdain (3:58)
5. Redesign (In Stride) (4:45)
6. The Mind Flayer (4:36)
7. A Number Of Years (4:02)
8. Not Without Sin (1:51)
9. Meteor (4:56)
10. Stasis (5:03)
Album Length: 43:37
– All songs performed, written, produced, and mixed by Marc Durkee.
– Mastered by Matthew Hemeon.
2018: Remain In Stasis (LP)
2017: Traveller (LP)
2014: Singular (EP)
2013: Gatherings (EP)
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Wacken Metal Battle USA Announce 2019 Battle Rounds
One Unsigned Band To Conquer Them All & Play Wacken Open Air 2019
For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the third year, Wacken Metal Battle USA is returning to America and will be hosting qualifying rounds in select cities across the nation. The national champion of those battles will perform at 30th edition of the festival taking place from August 1st – 3rd, 2019 in Wacken, Germany. The 2019 line up for Wacken Open Air includes Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Demons & Wizards, Powerwolf, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo, Within Temptation, Meshuggah and many more. Details here.
The first batch of battle rounds and bands can be found listed below with more to be announced at a later date.
Wacken Metal Battle USA2019 Battle Rounds (listed by date):
(Note: NYC battles and all other bands to be announced at a later date.)
Sat, Feb 23, 2019 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge – Event info here.
Bands: Terranaut, Hellraiser, Vyse, American Slang, Toxic Ruin, Blizzard Time, The Untold, Heart Of Jordan, Fierce Atmospheres
Mon, March 4, 2019 – Saint Vitus Bar, New York, NY – Event info (coming soon).
Bands: Prostitution, Faced, Winter Nights, Dead Tide, Frost Giant, Cruel Bomb
Fri, March 8, 2019 – Tucson, AZ – Club XS – Event info here.
Bands: Ash To Dust, Dedwin, Black Amethyst, Eyes Go Black, Fireglass, Skoville, Guardians, Sigils Of Summoning
Sat, March 9, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto – Event info here.
Bands: Dutch Rosenberg Theater, Some F-ing Band, While She Waits, Signal 99, Ironkill, Sons Of Medusa, Luminatus, Celestial Exile, Vipërwitch
Sun, March 10, 2019 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Ballroom – Event info here.
Bands: Misanthropic Aggression, Thrötpunch, Soultrap, Faith in Ruin, Tombstone, Hellbent, Shryne, Deceiving Eve, Sadistic Vision, Don’t Shoot The Messenger, Violence System
Tues, March 12, 2019 – Saint Vitus Bar, New York, NY – Event info (coming soon).
Bands: Anatomy of The Sacred, Deth Kaktus, Storm Dragon, Dissentience, Metalfier
Weds, March 13, 2019 – San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s – Event info here.
Bands: Even In Death, Jessikill, LaSanche, Target 7, Terrestrium, Vernon of Persia, Wulfholt
Thurs, March 14, 2019 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock – Event info (coming soon).
Fri, March 15, 2019 – Dallas, TX – Reno’s Chop Shop – Event info here.
Sat, March 16, 2019 – Houston, TX – Acadia Bar and Grill – Event info here.
Bands: Aedra, Darkness of Tomorrow, Epic Death, Envy The Dead, Eric Teaches Gun Safety, Etsai, Konstricted, Nocturnal Avernus, Ominous Necro, Sift Through The Ashes, Wellborn Road
Sat, March 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – Event info here.
Bands: The Conduit, Anthea, Motor Gun Hotel, Sons of Eli, Uncompliant
Sun, March 17 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It – Event info here.
Bands: Æternal Requiem, Astrixion, Black Heart Saints, Cold Form, Days Under Authority, Nahaya, Never Buried, Overthrow, Psychocell, Send Help, Stiched Up, Unwritten, Warhead Wrex, Zorboje
Sat, March 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – Event info here.
Bands: Consciously Dying, Blood of the Heretic, Bury Them Deep, Vile Descent, Inhuman Atrocities
Sat, March 23 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto – Event info (coming soon).
Mon, March 25, 2019 – Saint Vitus Bar, New York, NY (New York Final) – Event info (coming soon).
Sat, March 30 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick – Event info here.
Bands: Beekeeper, Convent, Killing Tyranny, Manic, Nightshadow, Vuture
Sat, Apri13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – Event info here.
Bands: Heavy Justice, Nyctophile, RAMIT, Hollywood Nightmare, NightSword
Sat, April 20 – Austin, TX – ComeAnd Take It – Texas Final – Event info (coming soon).
Sat, April 20 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick – Event info here.
Bands: Defixion, Gravespell, Monarch, Murder of Five, Sociocide, Theosis
Sat, April 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – L.A. FINAL – Event info here.
Sat, May 11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – WEST COAST FINAL – (CA vs AZ) – Event info here.
Sat, May 25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room – NATIONAL FINAL – (CA or AZ vs TX vs NYC vs. Chicago vs. Atlanta)- Event info here.
How it works:
Participating cities will host qualifying rounds plus a city final organized by a local city concert promoter where one band will move forward to the American national final in Los Angeles on May 25th, 2019. The winner of the national final will move on to perform at the 30th edition of Wacken Open Air and compete against the winners of 29 other countries in a final global battle. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry representatives.
Battles will be held in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Orlando, New York City, and Chicago with more to be announced.
Youtube – https://youtu.be/E_xjt8Qp3TE
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/metalbattleusa/videos/210507646036564/
Last year’s battles saw the best from over 50 competing bands from the Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Orlando, San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Crowned champions were Anaheim’s VOICES OF RUIN (pictured below) who performed a beast of a set at the 2018 Wacken Open Air.
2018 – WMBU Winner
VOICES OF RUIN (Anaheim, CA) – http://www.voicesofruin.com
For more info on Wacken Metal Battle USA, please visit these links:
Official Website: http://www.metalbattlusa.com
For more info on the international battle, please visit: http://www.metal-battle.com
For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit http://www.wacken.com
Wacken Metal Battle USA is part of an international competition that sees bands from across the country battle each other for the chance of winning their spot among 29 other countries’ champions, and representing the USA in an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival: Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken , Germany for the last 29 years. The winner of Wacken Metal Battle USA will perform at the 2019 festival taking place from August 1st-3rd.
Sponsors / Partners:
Dungeon Works Productions
Asher Media Relations
Fatal Illness Management
Come And Take It Productions
Mosh Pit Army
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What a talented individual Marc Durkee is and Remain in Stasis is an album he can be very proud of. Filled with all manner of interesting soundscapes and complexities that showcase an impressive ear for song composition.