Gnosis (Monuments album)

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Gnosis
Monuments Gnosis Cover Artwork 2012.jpg
Studio album by Monuments
Released August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28)
Genre Progressive metal, djent
Length 41:09
Label Century Media
Producer John Browne
Monuments chronology
We Are The Foundation
(2010)We Are The Foundation2010
Gnosis
(2012)
The Amanuensis
(2014)The Amanuensis2014
Alternative cover
Vinyl Reissue Artwork
Vinyl Reissue Artwork
Singles from Gnosis
  1. "97% Static"
    Released: 24 September 2012[1]
  2. "Regenerate"
    Released: 25 February 2013[2]

Gnosis is the debut studio album by British progressive metal band Monuments. It was released on August 27, 2012 through Century Media Records.[3] The album was produced by founding member and guitarist John Browne.[4]

Music videos for the songs "97% Static" and "Regenerate" were released in support of the album.[5][6]

A vinyl pressing of the album was released on October 16, 2015, including a bonus CD of the album's instrumentals.[7]

Background

All of the material on Gnosis was composed by guitarist John Browne long before the album's release.[8] Original vocalists Neema Askari and Greg Pope wrote lyrics for the songs, many of which were performed live during the band's early tours.[9] Due to disagreements, the two vocalists left the band in 2011,[10] leaving the band unable to use the lyrics written previously. In 2012, Matt Rose was recruited into the group to fill the vacancy. Though Rose re-wrote all of the album's lyrics, an issue arose when Monuments intended to release the song "Memoirs" featuring a memorable chorus whose lyrics and melody were written by Neema Askari and Joe Garrett. Askari refused to allow the use of the chorus, resulting in the song being removed from the album's track list not long before the release date. Following the album's release, "Memoirs" was released as a digital single, with all profits going to a charity of Askari and Garrett's choosing.[11]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Admit Defeat" John Browne, Mike Malyan, Matt Rose 4:13
2. "Degenerate" Browne, Rose 4:12
3. "Doxa" Browne, Rose 4:31
4. "The Uncollective" Browne, Rose, Oliver Steele 3:58
5. "Blue Sky Thinking" Browne, Rose 5:12
6. "97% Static" Browne, Rose 4:33
7. "Empty Vessels Make the Most Noise" Browne, Rose 3:46
8. "Regenerate" Browne, Rose, Adam Freeman Swan 5:33
9. "Denial (feat. Spencer Sotelo)" Browne, Malyan, Rose 5:11
Total length: 41:09

Personnel

Monuments
Production
  • John Browne - production, mixing, recording engineer
  • Dan Weller - vocal production
  • Mazen Murad - mastering
  • John Giulio Sprich - management
  • Marco Walzel - booking
  • Fall McKenzie - artwork, design

References

  1. ^ "MONUMENTS: '97% Static' Video Released". Blabbermouth. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "MONUMENTS: 'Regenerate' Video Released". Blabbermouth. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Gnosis". Century Media Records. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gnosis". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "MONUMENTS: '97% Static' Video Released". Blabbermouth. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "MONUMENTS: 'Regenerate' Video Released". Blabbermouth. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Monuments: - "Gnosis" vinyl now available for preorder!". Century Media Records. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Rowe, Jimmy (12 September 2014). "John Browne of Monuments: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview". Heavy Blog Is Heavy. Retrieved 24 February 2016. We sat on the Gnosis material for over 2 years 
  9. ^ Rowe, Jimmy (12 September 2014). "John Browne of Monuments: The Heavy Blog Is Heavy Interview". Heavy Blog Is Heavy. Retrieved 24 February 2016. [...] we’d been playing it live with other singers [...] 
  10. ^ "MONUMENTS UPDATE SUMMER 2011". 24 May 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Backer, Christine (20 December 2012). "ONEMETAL TALKS TO MONUMENTS' MATT ROSE". OneMetal. Retrieved 24 February 2016. You’ve just released a special edition of ‘Memoirs’, what is the story behind that? 
  12. ^ "Tracklisting". www.cmdistro.de. 2012. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  13. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/gnosis/id1045499908
  14. ^ "Monuments: - "Gnosis" vinyl now available for preorder!". www.centurymedia.com. 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  15. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Monuments-Gnosis/release/7547656
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