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The Auckland rock and metal scenes have been flourishing in recent years with various sub-genres and fusions forming. One such genre is heavy metal which is dominated by music created by musicians passionate for harsh vocals, chugging guitars, head-banging beats and thundering baselines. Although Heavy metal can be loud and aggressive, it can also be quite melodic and lyrically interesting. Some heavy metal bands are gaining momentum such as Monolith from Tamaki Makaurau. The name Monolith refers to a huge stone that has not moved for millions of years. Hence the name suggests a solid, heavy and unyielding entity.

The four-piece band, Monolith was formed in 2019, before the great COVID 19 lockdowns in Auckland. Monolith are gaining traction in the rock and metal scenes. They have their own signature sound that combines classic metal with hard rock, hardcore, punk, thrash metal and metalcore. Their music consists of fast, heavy guitars with plenty of solos, powerful grooving beats, pounding drum fills and intense melodic bass lines. Vocally they switch between melodic singing, brutal growls and shouts that ties into the heaviness of the songs. They are known for their powerful live shows which are sonically heavy with plenty of opportunity to head-bang and mosh. They consistently have lively and energetic shows that inspire the crowd to keep moshing and dancing and singing along to their well-known songs. They have recorded a single called Destiny Cult with legendary rock and metal engineer/producer Dave Rhodes of Dave Rhodes Productions respectively.

Monolith's members hail from current and defunct rock, hardcore and metal bands such as Invasion of Piracy, Every Man For Himself, Hard Times and Make Your Move. Much influence is drawn from metal of the 70's to the present day. As well as combining hard rock, hardcore, punk and metalcore. Monolith plan to release their debut album in the near future which will feature all new and original heavy metal songs that include heavy riffs, melodic singing and brutal screaming. Reviewers have noted that their fusion of various sub-genres within the heavy metal field is exceptional and innovative. Their latest releases will be available on all streaming platforms by April 2023. Monolith are steadily gaining respect and followers on social media platforms and are playing regular shows with eclectic line-ups from the rock, metal and hardcore scenes.

Passion for playing live shows with any genre within the rock, punk and metal field with plans to tour nationally and release music and music videos in the near future. Their performances are energetic as they play their music with great zeal and commitment. Each member brings their unique talent to the stage to create an awe-inspiring show that will captivate their audience completely.

Monolith is a group of talented musicians from Auckland who love playing heavy metal music live shows at clubs and festivals around New Zealand. Their influences are quite varied as all members contribute and collaborate on songwriting. Notable bands they draw influence from are Killswitch Engage, Metallica, Poison The Well, Tool, Alice In Chains and Parkway Drive, to name a few. If you would like to learn more about this unique band, please follow their instagram @monolith_bandnz or on Facebook www.facbook.com/monolithnz

They have recently played shows with local bands Holy Crime, Black Gravel City, Crimson Layne, House of Ousey, and had the honour of playing Downfall of Humanity's final show at Dead Witch at The Ding Dong Lounge.

Look out in April 2023 for their single release for Destiny Cult, and a release party show in Auckland, with a debut music video to follow.
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