MONUMENT

monument

Monument is the second full-length album by Swedish heavy metal band Grand Magus. The album was released on November 25, 2003, in Europe and in the United States.
The band originally formed in 1996 by former Cardinal Fang vocalist Janne “JB” Christoffersson, bassist Mats “Fox” Skinner and first drummer Iggy under the name ‘Smack’. Early 1998 saw Iggy depart the fold and replacement Fredrik “Trisse” Liefvendahl join as a response to an advert for the vacant drummer position. A change in musical direction dictated the fabled name change to the more apt Grand Magus. A demo was recorded and on its merit received a positive response. This spearheaded an appearance on the Waterdragon Records compilation, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (2000) and a split 7″ LP with fellow countrymen Spiritual Beggars (who JB would later join on vocals 2002-2010) on Southern Lord Records.
Debut album Grand Magus hit on November 5, 2001, via Rise Above Records (who would release the band’s first four albums). This album continues to contribute to the band’s cult status with doom and heavy metal fans today. Two more albums would follow: Monument, November 25, 2003, and Wolf’s Return, June 14, 2005. These would show a progression to a more heavy metal sound but still retain the charm of their groove and stoner roots. Early 2006 saw Magus embark on a European tour supporting Cathedral, along with Electric Wizard, accentuating the band’s ability to deliver the goods live.

1. “Ulvaskall (Vargr)” – 5:45
2. “Summer Solstice” – 3:58
3. “Brotherhood of Sleep” – 5:40
4. “Baptised in Fire” – 8:11
5. “Chooser of the Slain (Valfader)” – 5:19
6. “Food of the Gods” – 4:21
7. “He Who Seeks… Shall Find” – 10:29

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