Iron Monkey Announce UK Shows in Manchester and London

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 30th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

The response to Iron Monkey‘s return opus, 9-13, has been a considerable slather. To the point that one wonders if the band finds it gross or gratifying. Either way, the barrage of hyperbole holds a mirror to the resurgent UK sludgers’ barrage of riffs, and at this point there’s no stopping the inevitable next step, which is live shows. Three have been newly announced — two in Manchester, one at The Underworld in London — for next April, and though one might’ve speculated that an appearance would be in the cards, I saw confirmation the other day that indeed Iron Monkey will not appear at Roadburn 2018. Can’t help but feel like that’s a mistake on the band’s part, but they seem to be doing alright without, I guess, and if they gave a fuck generally-speaking, it just wouldn’t be Iron Monkey, would it?

Here’s info from the PR wire:

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IRON MONKEY Announces 2018 UK Live Dates

Cult UK doom/sludge unit IRON MONKEY has announced three headlining shows the UK this coming April. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 29th at 10:00am GMT. A full list of confirmed shows is available below.

IRON MONKEY will be supporting their 9-13 full-length, recently issued via Relapse Records. Recorded in their hometown of Nottingham in Spring 2017 A.D. with producer Johnny A. Carter, 9-13 is nine songs and forty-eight minutes of total nihilism. Now older, more cynical and more isolationist, IRON MONKEY are back to usurp the scene, then crush it’s skull. Without question, their most focused, aggressive and direct material to date, 9-13 is an all-out assault of violent hatred and nightmarish negativity. Recommended listening for fans of pain, suffering, and misanthropy.

9-13 is out now on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and all retail outlets HERE.

IRON MONKEY:
4/13/2018 Rescue Rooms – Manchester, UK
4/14/2018 The Underworld – London, UK
4/21/2018 Ruby Lounge – Manchester, UK

The band reformed for no reason in the winter of two thousand sixteen with original members J. Rushby and S. Watson, with the addition of current Chaos UK drummer Brigga, forming the shape of an inverted black triangle of vitriol and phase two of operations. IRON MONKEY do not care about your scene, bands, or opinions… ELECTROCUTION, DOOM, OMEGA OMEGA OMEGA.

https://ironmonkey.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/IRONMONKEYBAND/
http://bit.ly/IronMonkey
http://www.relapse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/relapserecords

Iron Monkey, “Toadcrucifier – R.I.P.PER” official video

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Iron Monkey Post “Toadcrucifier – R.I.P.PER” Video; 9-13 out Now

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 7th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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There has to be some kind of calculation one could do in order to figure out the percentages of band reunion likelihood. Original-member-vitriol-over-time-multiplied-by-success-in-their-first-run-over-subsequent-influence or something like that? The latter — the ‘subsequent influence’ part would seem to be what did the trick for Nottingham sludgers Iron Monkey. They’d certainly gained a reputation in the UK during their initial run, but after calling it quits in 1999 owing to the death of vocalist Johnny Morrow, they went on to ignite a vast swath of metallic sludge fuckall in an extreme underground that continues to flourish to this day. Their comeback album, 9-13, was released last month via Relapse with original members Steve Watson and Jim Rushby joined by new drummer Brigga, and could easily be seen as an attempt to capture a piece of the scene they helped inspire.

I’m not sure Iron Monkey have ever been completely understood outside of England, but talking to those who were there during the band’s first go, there’s a sense of reverence in tone for what they were able to bring to Britain when it came to translating the unhinged fury of acts like Eyehategod for a pre-internet audience who’d never had the chance to experience it before in that way or take it on its own level. I don’t think US response or maybe even Mainland European response matters to the band, if anything does, when their home country was where so much of their impact was made in the first place. Of course, that was 20 years ago, and again, there’s been plenty of sludge in the UK since, so while their return was unlikely, it will remain to be seen what the effect of Iron Monkey‘s reunion will ultimately be.

Though maybe that doesn’t matter. They could book tours in Europe and fests from now until forever and people would probably still show up, so good on them for taking advantage of the opportunity. At least they put out a record first. And yeah, maybe that’s a cynical viewpoint. Do you really think the band would have it any other way?

The video below for “Toadcrucifier – R.I.P.PER” comes with a flashing lights warning, so if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing, beware. Otherwise, feel free to dive in and enjoy. Info follows beneath courtesy of the PR wire:

Iron Monkey, “Toadcrucifier – R.I.P.PER” official video

IRON MONKEY was beaten to life in the year of your Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety Four, at the location of Nottingham, England. Band reformed for no reason in the winter of Two Thousand and Sixteen with original members J. Rushby and S. Watson, with the addition of current Chaos UK drummer Brigga, forming the shape of an inverted black triangle of vitriol and phase two of operations.

Cult UK doom/sludge outfit IRON MONKEY return with 9-13, their first new full-length in almost two decades. After disbanding in 1999 due to the death of their original singer J.P. Morrow, the group has reformed for phase two of their mission. Recorded in their hometown of Nottingham in Spring 2017 A.D. with producer Johnny A. Carter, 9-13 is 9 songs and 48 minutes of total nihilism. Now older, more cynical and more isolationist, IRON MONKEY are back to usurp the scene, then crush its skull. Without question, their most focused, aggressive and direct material to date, 9-13 is an all-out assault of violent hatred and nightmarish negativity.

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Iron Monkey to Release 9-13 Oct. 20; Stream New Song “OmegaMangler”

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Hey there sludge heads. Here’s the first new Iron Monkey song in 18 years. Kind of a big deal.

Today, the reformed trio from Nottingham — who aren’t quite singularly responsible for the proliferation of sludge in the UK but definitely have played a major and continuing role in that despite breaking up following the death of vocalist Johnny Morrow in 1999 — have unveiled their new single “OmegaMangler,” as well as the tracklisting and oh-so-familiar cover art for their upcoming album, 9-13, which will be released on Oct. 20 via Relapse Records. Mark your calendar, get your preorder. Do whatever you gotta do. Whatever side of the argument you’re on as regards this reunion, you at very least know you’re curious to hear that song.

So I won’t delay. It’s down there at the bottom of the post under the PR wire info. Hit it:

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Cult UK doom/sludge outfit IRON MONKEY return with 9-13, their first new full-length in almost two decades. After disbanding in 1999 due to the death of their original singer J.P. Morrow, the group has reformed for phase two of their mission. Recorded in their hometown of Nottingham in Spring 2017 A.D. with producer Johnny A. Carter, 9-13 is 9 songs and 48 minutes of total nihilism. Now older, more cynical and more isolationist, IRON MONKEY are back to usurp the scene, then crush its skull. Without question, their most focused, aggressive and direct material to date, 9-13 is an all-out assault of violent hatred and nightmarish negativity. Recommended listening for fans of pain, suffering, and misanthropy.

9-13 is set for release on October 20th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and all retail outlets HERE.

9-13 Tracklisting:
1. Crown of Electrodes
2. OmegaMangler
3. 9-13
4. Toadcrucifier – R.I.P.P.E.R.
5. Destroyer
6. Mortarhex
7. The Rope
8. Doomsday Impulse Multiplier
9. Moreland St. Hammervortex

IRON MONKEY was destroyed sometime in nineteen ninety nine.

Vocal terror J. P. Morrow died of a heart attack in June of Two Thousand and Two. Rest in noise.

The band reformed for no reason in the winter of Two Thousand and Sixteen with original members J. Rushby and S. Watson, with the addition of current Chaos UK drummer Brigga, forming the shape of an inverted black triangle of vitriol and phase two of operations.

IRON MONKEY do not care about your scene, bands or opinions… ELECTROCUTION, DOOM, OMEGA OMEGA OMEGA.

https://ironmonkey.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/IRONMONKEYBAND/
http://bit.ly/IronMonkey
http://www.relapse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/relapserecords

Iron Monkey, “OmegaMangler”

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