Conan & Monolord @ Rebellion
Monolord threaten to steal the thunder on Conan’s return to Manchester
Prognosis' Danny Daemon reflects on the evening...
Upon entering Rebellion's doors, the heavy atmosphere for what was about to come soon became apparent. A duet of two of the finest doom/sludge bands currently touring the world were upon us, a billing that had the doom community understandably salivating.
Gothenburg's Monolord were up first and their sound, though thick and fuzzy like the beard of a man long lost on a desert island, was a pleasure on the ears. They smashed out a host of brilliantly wrote songs that appeared to deviate from the normal sludge sound and that aided them in producing something with more technical flair and ability. Monolord are a band that I’d recommend to my guitar friends over my sludge friends though, due to the nature of their music – I was well and truly blown away by the collection of songs they chose to showcase that night, with Empress Rising being the stand out tune for me.
Conan's presence on stage meanwhile, was unwavering. Stood in their usual and expected stance, they dragged the building and audience through heavy song after heavy song, barely stopping to even acknowledge the puddle that was the crowd smushed into the ground caused by the gravity of the indiscriminating doom bellowing down on top of us. Not far fresh from their trip to Japan, the noise Conan brings is unbeatable in its timbre, layers thick with fuzz, with brilliant drums and pounding bass lines and their trademark siren-esque vocals.
They came to deliver a message to Manchester and left every one of us at a loss for words. They are conquering the world, and if you want to be part of this new world, you must take in what they are offering. Your head will bang, you may not move your feet for a while, as this is not a band you would traditionally start a mosh pit to. You get the sense from the crowd that mosh pits are not welcome, as the synchronised head banging never deteriorated for the whole night, the crowds eyes were locked on all three members and were not in the mood for silly games and being knocked around.
It’s a rare occasion where I watch Conan and don’t get a sense of awe, luckily this was not one of them, they blew myself and my partner into next week, but the biggest thing I took away from the show was Monolord – I left with every intention of going home and discovering more about this brilliant band. After finishing reading this you should immediately do the same thing. So…..go…. Listen to Monolord right now!
One last point, Conan hinted and told us about their next album and with the mid-set treat of a preview from that album, I don’t think anyone was expecting that. So cheers guys, its definitely something for us to keep our ears to the ground for.