Formed in 2004, this Orlando, Florida band has been carefully crafting their unique brand of progressive death metal for over a decade. Beginning with 2007's Unforsaken (rereleased and remastered in 2012), Michael "Prophet" Moore gathered a set of musicians in vocalists Jake Rice and Elyssa Coultas to help his eclectic vision come to life. Filled to the brim with youthful vigor and a sense of adventure, Unforsaken introduced the world to a band who sought to mix the brutality of Suffocation, the melodic sensibilities of Extol, and the earnest riffing of Death (another Orlando-bred band), with the beautiful, somber meanderings of bands like Opeth, while being influenced by classical and jazz music.

In 2013, the band released an EP called Genesis of Perdition, which showcased the evolution of their sound. With shorter, more focused compositions, Monotheist displayed a progression in their songwriting that was a hint of things to come. This was also the first release to feature JJ "Shiv" Polachek IV (7 Horns 7 Eyes), whose unique and beastly vocals elevate the music to powerful heights. Christian Martinez joined the mix with his frenetic guitar playing and Cooper Bates’ pummeling drums drove the ripping guitars to the depths of the soul. 

Four years later, the band released their first proper full-length record, entitled Scourge, this time through the highly esteemed Prosthetic Records. The new album sees the band taking their progressive and technical style of metal into the next stage of their musical evolution, which includes more sophisticated song structures and further explorations into the classical and jazz styles that have long been a part of the band's sound. Despite the experimental and adventurous nature ever-present within the band, no-holds-barred death metal continues to be the foundation and core of Monotheist's sound, with plenty of brutal riffage that will leave no lover of extreme metal disappointed. Joining on bass is a rising star of the Orlando jazz scene, Jose Figueroa and DeLand, FL resident shredder Tyler McDaniel (Seven Kingdoms, ex-Gigan) on second guitar and vocals, bringing their unique sounds and contributions to the band's new compositions. Monotheist's new album was mixed and mastered by Aaron Smith (Envisage Audio) and will feature guest contributions from metal luminaries such as Bobby Koelble (ex-Death, Death to All) and Christian Alvestam (ex-Scar Symmetry), as well as other talented members of the progressive death metal community, plus the stunning artwork courtesy of Sam Nelson. Scourge is a powerful testament to the musical legitimacy and thrilling nature of progressive and death metal.

2019 has seen the band lineup experience some changes, bringing former skinsman, Cooper Bates, to the forefront as the vocalist, and the profoundly gifted Chris Stropoli (Thy Antichrist) stepping into his new role as the new drummer. After two US tours, playing with the likes of bands such as CognitiveThe Machinist, and opening for the legendary Deicide, the band is back home, currently in writing mode for their next release, tentatively due in mid

2019

 

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