L-R: Kai Huppunen (Guitars), Brian Waddell (Guitars), Jon Howard (Vocals), Scott Whalen (Bass), Ryan Van Poederooyen (Drums) – Photo by Erich Saide
IMONOLITH’s “Quarantine Sessions” videos are released every Monday, and with “The Reign”, IMONOLITH have released playthroughs for more than half of their debut album, State of Being.
Watch the latest clip today, exclusively via Skulls N Bones at this location.
Each “Quarantine Session” is followed on Tuesday by an Instagram live chat with members of the band. Tune in to IMONOLITH’s live feed on Instagram tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT to discuss the playthrough video and much more.
Drummer Ryan “RVP” Van Poederooyen comments on the latest “Quarantine Session,”
“It’s Monday, which means it’s time for a brand new ‘Quarantine Session’ from IMONOLITH! These videos have been a great way to give you all a glimpse into how we play these songs since we cannot tour at the moment. 2020 has been a tough year for the entire world in so many different ways. We’re hoping these playthrough videos will help entertain and get you guys through these tough times, even if just a little bit.
This week we are releasing the heaviest playthrough song off of our debut album ‘State of Being.’ This beast of a song is called ‘The Reign.’ This is by far the heaviest and most brutal track on our album. We have a special guest appearance by the incredible Jens Kidman from Meshuggah. It was an honor to have Jens guest on this song. He absolutely killed his vocal guest appearance and hearing his voice along with Jon’s vocals was surreal and crushing all in one. Intense would be the best single word to describe ‘The Reign.’ It’s fast at times but it maintains a heavy hypnotic groove throughout. Our goal was to create an intense song from start finish that you could still move to…. I think we accomplished that goal.
Lyrically the song is about being yourself and not conforming to what society or others think you should be. Don’t conform to ‘The Reign,’ which is basically peer pressure from society. You have one life to live, make the most of it doing what YOU want to do with your life. It’s a simple but powerful message. These lyrics can come off harsh at times, like some other lyrics on the album, but it’s truly about getting the message across with an underlying positive message.
Hope you guys enjoy this play through, we had a ton of fun making it! Thanks as always for your ongoing support and feedback on all our social pages. We love conversing and hearing from you all. Subscribe to our YouTube Page to catch all the videos we make and give a ‘like’ to our FB, IG and Twitter pages if you haven’t already!! We appreciate your support.
Be safe out there, take care of each other and all the best to you all from the IMONOLITH Camp!”
IMONOLITH features drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project) guitarist Brian ‘Beav’ Wadell (Devin Townsend Project), Jon Howard (Threat Signal), guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of Mayhem, Noise Therapy) and Scott Whalen (Econoline Crush). The collective of heavy-hitting players is at the top of their game recently releasing their debut album, State of Being, on March 27. The album features special guest appearances from Jens Kidman (Meshuggah) and famed Swedish vocalist Johannes Eckerström and is made up of 10 hook-laden, riff-heavy tracks that center around the theme of how people deal with various stages of life.
The album has seen the release of four singles and videos – “Hollow,” the 2019 debut single that made big waves, racking up 216K Spotify streams, “Instinct,” “Dig”; and the most recent single, “Becoming The Enemy.” With the release of these singles, IMONOLITH has already received worldwide praise that has garnered them a massive number of streams and attention from the media and fans alike.
Check out the videos here:
“Becoming the Enemy” – here