Monuments Officially Welcome Bassist Werner Erkelens To The Band

Monuments have officially welcomed Werner Erkelens to the band as their new bassist. He will be replacing Adam Swan in the group.

Monuments issued the following statement:

“With a heavy heart, we must announce the departure of Adam Swan. Since day one, he has held down the roots of our music with fervor and expertise.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, he became strongly involved with Soil Ecology Agriculture as a specialist in regenerative agriculture, which he has proudly committed himself to. It is in this position that he finds himself most comfortable, and we are so inspired by the journey he is on. With incredible passion, he is working to help all to make better, more informed decisions about how to heal the world through more sensible decisions.

We wish him the best with all the love in our hearts, and we hope you will follow his journey on Soil Ecology Agriculture, both on Instagram and at

Thank you for the tremendous grooves, memories, and friendship dear Swan. We love you and you will be thoroughly missed.

On a brighter note, please join us in welcoming our new bass player, Werner Erkelens to the band! Since July 2022, Werner has been filling in on live performances with incredible skill, devotion, and enthusiasm. We are extremely proud to bring his new energy and skills into the future of Monuments. The addition of Werner to the group makes us feel rejuvenated and more excited than ever for the future. Come see us tear it up for the next 7 weeks with Leprous and Kalandra!


Erkelens also commented:

“I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining @thisismonuments. I’ve been fortunate enough to know the band since 2020 and ever since then I’ve felt a strong connection to the members and their music. Joining this talented group of musicians is truly a dream come true and I want to take a moment to thank @brownemonuments @andycizek and @malyan for their trust in me. I especially want to thank @theconstellationofcygnus for trusting me to fill his shoes and helping me to prepare for the job. There’s a lot coming up in Monuments land and I’m happy to say we’ve already written and recorded a new song together that we’re all very proud of, more on that soon. For now, please come see us on our tour with @leprousofficial and @kalandramusic . I’m looking forward to meeting you all. Love, Werner ❤️”

Whitechapel And Emmure Members Guest On New Termina Song “Parasocial”

Termina, the project featuring YouTuber Nik Nocturnal and Monuments vocalist Andy Cizek, have premiered a new song titled “Parasocial.“ The track, which also features session drummer Chris Turner (Oceans Ate Alaska), includes guest appearances from Whitechapel vocalist Phil Bozeman and Emmure guitarist Joshua Travis.

Monuments’ Andy Cizek Opens Up About The Current Struggles Of Being In A Band

Monuments vocalist Andy Cizek has taken to social media to open up about the struggles musicians have been facing in the modern era. He tweeted the following:

Notably, a number of his peers have since chimed in with words of encouragement:

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Craig Reynolds (Stick To Your Guns):

Mariel Loveland (Candy Hearts):

Rou Reynolds (Enter Shikari):

Chimp Spanner:

[via The PRP]

Metallica, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, Etc. Set For 2023 UK Download Festival

The initial lineup has been revealed for next year’s Download Festival in the UK. The event will take place at Donington Park on June 8-11 and it will feature the following: Metallica, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Evanescence, Disturbed, Placebo, Parkway Drive, Ghost, Alexisonfire, Pendulum, Within Temptation, As December Falls, Asking Alexandria, Aviva, Bambie Thug, Beauty School Dropout, Behemoth, Blackgold, Blind Channel, Bloodywood, Brutus, Crashface, Crawlers, Dead Sara, Elvana, Enola Gay, Fever 333, Fixation, Graphic Nature, GWAR, Hawxx, Ingested, I Prevail, Jazmin Bean, Kid Bookie, Kid Kapichi, Lake Malice, Lorna Shore, Mod Sun, Monuments, Motionless In White, Municipal Waste, nothing,nowhere., Nova Twins, Polaris, Pupil Slicer, Seether, Set It off, SiM, Simple Plan, Soen, Soul Glo, Stand Atlantic, Stray From The Path, Taylor Acorn, The Blackout, The Distillers, The Meffs, Terror, Three Days Grace, Touché Amoré, VV, and Witch Fever.

Monuments Added To Leprous & Kalandra’s European/UK Tour

Monuments have been added to Leprous and Kalandra’s European/UK tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

02/01 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik
02/02 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
02/03 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
02/04 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
02/05 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli Ronda
02/06 Maastricht NET – Muziekgieterij
02/07 London, UK – 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
02/08 Glasgow, UK – Slay
02/09 Manchester, UK – 02 Ritz
02/11 Bristol, UK – SWX
02/12 Paris, FRA – Salle de Pleyel
02/13 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
02/14 Lille, FRA – Le Splendid
02/15 Rouen, FRA – Le 106
02/16 La Roche-sur-Yon, FRA – Quai M
02/17 Bordeaux, FRA – Rock School Barbey
02/18 Toulouse, FRA – Metronum
02/20 Porto, POR – Hard Club
02/21 Lisbon, POR – Ao Vivo
02/23 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
02/24 Barcelona, SPA – Apolo
02/25 Nimes, FRA – La Paloma
02/26 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
02/27 Milan, ITA – Fabrique
02/28 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
03/02 Athens, GRE – Gagarin
03/03 Sofia, BUL – Joy Station
03/04 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romane
03/05 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
03/06 Munich, GER – Backstage
03/07 Bratislava, SLO – Majestic
03/08 Prague, CZE – Palac Akropolis
03/09 Reutlingen, GER – Franz K
03/10 Berlin, GER – Astra
03/11 Wroclaw, POL – A2
03/13 Helsinki, FIN – Vanha Ylioppilastalo
03/14 Joensuu, FIN – Kerubi
03/15 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone
03/17 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset Klubben
03/18 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene

TesseracT’s Daniel Tompkins To Stream “Ruins: Live Experience” Concert In November

TesseracT’s Daniel Tompkins will streaming a full album performance of “Ruins“ on November 26. The virtual event will also include a Q&A. Tickets can be found HERE. Notably, Tompkins recorded the set with TesseracT’s Amos Williams, Chimp Spanner‘s Paul Ortiz, Monuments’ Mike Malyan, and In Colour‘s Pete Skipper back in January.

Monuments Announce North American Tour

Monuments have announced a headlining North American tour. Essenger and Sammy Boller will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

08/17 Manchester, NH – Jewel
08/18 New Bedford, MA – The Vault
08/19 Brooklyn, NY – The Monarch
08/20 Akron, OH – The Empire
08/21 Chicago, IL – Reggies
08/23 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
08/25 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
08/26 Dallas, TX – Trees
08/27 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
08/28 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
08/30 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse
08/31 Phoenix, AZ – Nile
09/01 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
09/02 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
09/03 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
09/05 Portland, OR – Star Theater
09/06 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
09/07 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
09/09 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
09/10 Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub
09/12 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
09/14 Lincoln, NE – 1867 Bar
09/15 Des Moines, IA – xBK Live
09/16 Iowa City, IA – Gabes
09/17 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s (Stan’s Room)
09/18 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
09/20 Reading, PA – Reverb
09/22 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
09/23 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
09/24 Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
09/25 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti

Monuments Premiere “Makeshift Harmony” Music Video

Monuments have premiered a new video for their new song “Makeshift Harmony.” This track is from the band’s new album “In Stasis,” which will be released tomorrow (April 15). The group commented:

“Temptation – Being lured in by beauty on the outside, but toxicity on the inside. You know it isn’t good for you, but you’re drawn to it anyway. – ‘Caught in your current, I mistake a vulture for a swan.’”

Monuments Premiere “False Providence” Music Video

Monuments have premiered a new video for their new song “False Providence.” This track is from the band’s new album “In Stasis,” which will be released on April 15. The group commented:

“When you dedicate your life to believing in something, then realising it was all for nothing. Despite your unflinching loyalty, the void within persists. – ‘As gods speak through us, suicidal sights remain.’”