Doomed Nation

Sounds For The Lost Generation

Doomed Confessionary: Ralf Brummerloh (Monolith)

Bremen, Germany based psychedelic doom rock trio Monolith returned with their third full-length album »Horizon«, which was just released on April 26th, 2024.

Monolith – Ralf Brummerloh (vocals, bass), Ron Osenbrück (guitar) and Andre Dittmann (drums) – are oriented towards the rock music of the 60’s and 70’s. While »Dystopia« (2014) could be described as straight stoner/doom rock, the following album »Mountain« (2016) showed some stylistic development. The latest album »Horizon« features an even wider range of the band’s influences.

»Horizon« reveals more psychedelic elements than its predecessors. The songwriting has become a little more complex than before while at the same time it has a certain lightness to it. A nod towards british bands cannot be ignored and at the end of the album the band surprises the listener with a ballad.

The album deals with the last Franklin Expedition which was undertaken in the middle of the 19th century which not only lead to Franklin’s death but also to the tragic deaths of all other crew members.

Can you say a few words about your band?
We play doom rock. In the 80’s and 90’s you might have called it doom metal, however, we do not sound anything like the contemporary doom metal bands. Our sound is more like the 60’s and 70’s type of bands.

What was the biggest challenge for the band?
I think it was the hiatus following the birth of my yougest son. We paused for a year and when in December 2019 we wanted to get back together again the pandemic stopped us in March 2020. When we started rehearsing again around September 2020 I think our bassist started to lose interest in the band and only attended rehearsals now and then. We did not make him leave as we did not want to be rude. However, one day he called André (drums) and told him that he’d like to leave the group. After that we decided to be trio and stay a trio.

What can you be most proud of so far?
I think the fact that we have managed to carry on making music despite everything that had happened during the pandemic.

What was your biggest regret?
I don’t know.

What was the best concert/tour so far and why?
That is a diffocult question. I think it was when we played in Göttingen. I forgot the club’s name. It was not too big but it was packed with people and we sold lots of LPs which is the best feedback you can get as a band I suppose.

What was the biggest surprise on the music scene for you?
That The Hellacopters and The Black Crowes are reunited. But I guess that that was just a matter of time.

What is currently in your heavy musical rotation?
Kal-El’s album »Temple« and for some reason some old Toy Dolls LPs such as »Absurd Ditties« and »Orcastrated«. And »Happiness Bastards« by The Black Crowes (my personal favourite band).

What was the best advice you’ve ever been given as a musician?
“Practice your scales lad and you’ll become a great guitarist.” I have never listened though. However, I have passed it on to others as that is the only thing you can do with good advice, is it not?

What are your guilty pleasures?
Except for beer and occasional booze you might find us taking medication against back ache or heartburn. We might even do some back relief excercises before shows. We got pretty old. Greatest pleasure however is performing on stage to a raving audience while drinking beer.

Can you say something more about the music scene in Bremen?
It is fucked. For some reason rock is frowned upon by most people in Bremen. Plus most people will always prefer US or UK rock bands as they think Germans cannot play propper rock music. Even the famous bands are frowned upon or laughed at. Most Germans will actually tell you that digging the Scorpions is embarrassing while the rest of the world actually appreciates them. Some might even say that Michael Schenker is a great guitarist.
Still there are some pretty cool acts from Bremen. Eta Lux and Mos Eisley Spaceport with whom we did our record release show. Judas Hengst are also worth mentioning. There is Okolyt who I have not been able to watch and probably others I do not know about.
Last but not least Mantar actually also are originaly from Bremen.

Where can we see you live this year (concerts/tours)?
Well, so far we have: Osnabrück (May 31), Hamburg (June 7), Münster (June 14), Hildesheim (June 15), Ferchen Trafostation 61 Festival (August 9) and Ghent (Oktober 26).

What are your plans for the future as a band?
Nothing in particular. Play more shows and write more songs for a new album some time.

How can people best support your band?
Come to our shows and buy our stuff on Bandcamp.

Do you have any message for your listeners?
Don’t smoke too much, don’t drink and drive and dont drink so much you die.

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Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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