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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with Monolith Cult.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

Hi this is BryOutlaw. I am the vocalist for Monolith Cult from Bradford in the UK. Initially Lee Baines (guitar) and myself were thinking of resurrecting one of our old bands, 'Khang', we invited Damo (drums) to come down and jam a few Khang tunes. In the first rehearsal, we knew that it didn't feel right. Lee had a few riffs that he had written and we worked on those, writing our first song 'Human Cull' in that first practice. We decided that we had to kill Khang off for good and that was when Monolith Cult was born.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

You don't choose Doom, Doom choses you. We have always felt that Doom is the one style of metal that allows musicians to express feelings and emotions that are based within people's real lives and experiences. These real-life elements are what we incorporate into the Monolith Cult lyrics. We don't use fantasy elements within our songs and lyrics, they are all based on lived experience and our perception of the wider world. Lee Baines and myself have mostly played in the Doom scene, Lee was in Serenity who released 2 albums on Holy Records, before that he was in an early incarnation of Solstice, and Lee and myself both played in Khang for around 6 years and released the 'Worship The Evil' album. Izak currently plays bass for Solstice and was in Chorus of Ruin back in the 90s. Monolith Cult's style is Heavy Metal with aspects of Doom Metal, the vocals are definitely tinged with despair and suffering.

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

Up until now I would say Khang was our most successful band regarding the gigs and bands that we got to play with, we had great times playing with bands such as Goatsnake, Entombed, Electric Wizard, Iron Monkey, Orange Goblin, My Dying Bride, EyeHateGod, and Spirit Caravan. But ultimately the fact that we keep on playing, writing and enjoying the creative process is always the most enjoyable part of being in a band.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

For myself it would be Deep Purple 70-76, Rainbow (Dio era) and Black Sabbath (Dio era), Lee is influenced by early Paradise Lost, early Metallica and all eras of Black Sabbath, as well as lots of the Swedish Death Metal bands.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

We are already writing songs for the third album and we have just finished shooting a video for the opening track from 'Gospel of Despair' called 'Disconnection Syndrome'. We also have a couple of gigs lined up with Solstice in early 2018.

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.

Many thanks for this interview and thanks to everyone that has read it. Remember there are still over 16,000 nuclear weapons on this planet, you cannot win a nuclear war.

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Interviewed on 2017-12-09 by doom-metal.com.
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