Iowa-based psych/stoner metallers Druids have been going strong for a decade now, and they’re set to unleash their latest album, Monument, this Friday (April 19th). Better yet, the metal trio has teamed up with Heavy Consequence to offer a full stream of the album in advance of its release (listen below).
Frontman Luke Rauch tells us of the album, “Monument is based on the idea of balance. I was mentally and physically a mess for such a long time that I felt it was normal. Once I found steady mental ground through yoga and practicing a positive mental attitude, I realized that pushing myself creatively became easier.”
He adds, “The last five years has served as a transitional period for us creatively and personally. I feel that the record is a reflection of our growth.”
Monument contains a total of five tracks, with the album centering on an overall theme of the afterlife, as each song takes the listener on a journey of the mystical worlds that the story’s protagonist encounters after death.
Druids have a few shows scheduled for April, including a hometown gig on April 20th at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa, before embarking on a two-week tour in June (see the dates below). The new album can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp, with exclusive multi-colored vinyl available via The Company KC.
Take a listen to Druids’ Monument album in the YouTube playlist below.
01. New Breath
02. Iron Healer
03. Mirrors of Trigon
04. The Whip
Druids 2019 Tour Dates:
04/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Union Library
04/20 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
04/27 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
06/01 – La Crosse,WI @ The Dive Bar
06/02 – Bloomington, IL @ Nightshop
06/03 – Detroit, MI @ PJ’s
06/04 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
06/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s
06/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar *
06/07 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independence *
06/09 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott *
06/10 – New London,CT @ 33 Golden St
06/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Century Bar
06/12 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
06/13 – Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar
06/14 – St Louis, MO @ Sinkhole
07/13 – Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Festival
* = with Modern Life Is War and Krimewatch