Monuments Part Ways With Singer Chris Barretto

Monuments have parted ways with Chris Barretto. The frontman left the group “due to personal reasons.”

The band commented:

“Today we announce the departure of Chris Barretto from Monuments due to personal reasons.

We have travelled to every inhabited continent on Earth with Chris through the music of ‘The Amanuensis’ and ‘Phronesis’. These memories that we created together; both positive and negative, will forever remain irreplaceable and at the highlights of our lives.

For all remaining shows announced and unannounced, we have enlisted the vocal talents of ‘Andy Cizek’ of Makari as a fill in.

Andy has many incredible voices and we are more than confident that he will smash the Monuments songs to the standard you have all come to expect.

Andy’s debut performance will be at ‘The Haunt’ in Brighton on the 3rd July.

Much love,
Browne, Olly, Swan, Lango.”


Monuments Announce UK Tour

Monuments have announced a UK tour with Deity’s Muse. Here’s the dates:

07/03 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
07/04 Norwich, UK – Waterside
07/05 Birmingham, UK – The Flapper
07/06 Newark, UK – Tech Fest (no Deity’s Muse)
07/07 Milton Keynes, UK – The Craufurd Arms
07/08 Milan, ITA – Dissonance Festival (no Deity’s Muse)
08/02 Guildford, UK – Radar Festival (no Deity’s Muse)

Monuments Premiere “Mirror Image” Lyric Video

Monuments have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Mirror Image.” This track is from the band’s new album “Phronesis,“ which will be released on October 5. The band commented:

“Lyrically, the song explores the idea of looking back on previous bad decisions, the want to turn back time and change the scenario after understanding the consequences of those decisions … This is collectively one of our favorite songs of the new album! Turn it up!”

Monuments Premiere “Leviathan” Lyric Video

Monuments have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Leviathan.” This track is from the band’s new album “Phronesis,“ which will be released on October 5. The band commented:

“It’s the first song Olly Steele and John Browne wrote together and is bit more straight forward and groove orientated than our older material. Lyrically it’s about dealing with negative and destructive people in your life and how hard it can be carrying all that weight around. We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!”

Monuments Announce European/UK Tour With VOLA

Monuments have announced a European/UK tour with VOLA. The band will be out in support of their new album “Phronesis,” which will be available on October 5.

Tour Dates:

10/04 Guildford, UK – The Boileroom (no VOLA)
10/05 Cologne, GER – Euroblast Festival
10/06 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
10/07 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage
10/08 Munich, GER – Backstage
10/12 Vicenza, ITA – CS Bocciodromo
10/13 Milan, ITA – Circolo Svolta
10/14 Bologna, ITA – Alchemica Music Club
10/15 Vienna, AUT – Arena
10/17 Zagreb, CRO – Mocvara
10/19 Sofia, BUL – Universiada Hall East
10/20 Bucharest, ROM – Quantic Club
10/21 Cluj Napoca, ROM – Form Space
10/22 Budapest, HUN – Robot
10/23 Warsaw, POL – Poglos
10/24 Berlin, GER – Bi Nuu
10/25 Hamburg, GER – Kaiserkeller
10/28 Roeselare, BEL – De Verlichte Geest
10/29 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
10/30 Paris, FRA – Backstage By The Mill
10/31 Nantes, FRA – Scene Michelet
11/01 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
11/02 Worthing, UK – Bar 42
11/03 Leeds, UK – Damnation Fest
11/04 Cardiff, UK – The Globe
11/05 Glasgow, UK – G2
11/06 Belfast, IRE – Foundry
11/07 Dublin, IRE – Voodoo Lounge
11/08 Manchester, UK – Fac251
11/09 London, UK – The Dome
11/11 Bristol, UK – MacMillan Fest

Monuments To Release New Album “Phronesis” In October

Monuments have announced that their new album “Phronesis“ will be released on October 5. According to Blabbermouth, the effort was “recorded between March and July of 2018 in various studios throughout the world: while guitars and bass were recorded by Jim Pinder (BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, MACHINE HEAD, WHILE SHE SLEEPS) at Treehouse Studios in Derbyshire, U.K., the drums were played, recorded, tracked and engineered by Anup Sastry (ex-SKYHARBOR). Chris Barretto recorded his vocals with Cristian Machado (ILL NIŇO, LEEWAY) at Soundwars Studios in New Jersey, then everything was mixed and mastered by Joel Wanasek at JTW Music in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.”

“Phronesis” Track Listing:

01. “A.W.O.L.”
02. “Hollow King”
03. “Vanta”
04. “Mirror Image”
05. “Ivory”
06. “Stygian Blue”
07. “Leviathan”
08. “Celeste”
09. “Jukai”
10. “The Watch”

The band commented:

“The word Phronesis was a big part of society and philosophy in ancient Greece. Phronesis is wisdom, but a really specific type of wisdom to do with oneself. Wisdom on your practical actions, good judgment, being excellent in character, practical wisdom. Learning what to do and what not to do based on experience, being mindful of everything around you. Something that, at times, all of us can be pretty terrible at.”

Guitarist John Browne also added:

“My personal relationship with the meaning of the record starts at ‘Stygian Blue‘, which was the 2nd song I wrote for this back in 2015, which came to be while I was in the darkest place I’ve ever been in my 32 years. We all had a bunch of issues that needed time to let heal, so in between writing we were, you know, fixing our broken souls.”