The latest “Quarantine Sessions” installment from modern metal band IMONOLITH, “Persevere,” is available today.
Drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen comments on the video:
“On to our ninth ‘Quarantine Session’ video. ‘Persevere’ is the last song on our debut album ‘State of Being.’ We decided to end the album with this song for the vibe this tune has and the outlook it portrays. It was fitting to end the album on a positive note. It’s obvious what the song is about… Never give up, persevere and bust your ass for what you want out of life. We’re all in control of our lives through the decisions we make, that’s why it’s important to take the time to make the right decisions as we all persevere for what we want out of life.
The song musically almost has an Alice in Chains vibe to it. Some slinky, grungy style riffs mixed with some hard rock and metal vibes along with some super catchy vocals. One thing about IMONOLITH’s song writing is that we don’t give a fuck about creating a new sound or re-creating a specific genre. We just want to take from our various influences, various moods and write the best songs we can. We feel the art of writing a good song has been somewhat lost these days, in place of ’trying too hard’ to be different and new. It’s pretty much all been done before. So, we focus on being ourselves based off our influences and writing the best songs we can.
We hope you guys vibe on this playthrough and can take something positive away from this song, whether it be musically or lyrically. Stay safe out there!”
The unexpected downtime due to COVID-19 has allowed IMONOLITH to get creative with video content and to connect with fans in new ways. Tune in to IMONOLITH’s live feed on Instagram tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT for a weekly discussion with band members about the playthrough video and much more.
Previous “Quarantine Sessions” are available online:
IMONOLITH features drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project) guitarist Brian ‘Beav’ Wadell (Devin Townsend Project), Jon Howard (Threat Signal), guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of Mayhem, Noise Therapy) and Scott Whalen (Econoline Crush). The collective of heavy-hitting players is at the top of their game recently releasing their debut album, State of Being, on March 27. The album features special guest appearances from Jens Kidman (Meshuggah) and famed Swedish vocalist Johannes Eckerström and is made up of 10 hook-laden, riff-heavy tracks that center around the theme of how people deal with various stages of life.
The album has seen the release of four singles and videos – “Hollow,” the 2019 debut single that made big waves, racking up 216K Spotify streams, “Instinct,” “Dig”; and the most recent single, “Becoming The Enemy.” With the release of these singles, IMONOLITH has already received worldwide praise that has garnered them a massive number of streams and attention from the media and fans alike.
Check out the official videos here:
“A force to be reckoned with.” – Metal Hammer
“Given the members’ diverse musical backgrounds, IMONOLITH don’t fit any obvious metal genre tag. Van Poederooyen and Wadell bring elements of prog, while Howard’s vocals are rooted in the metalcore and extreme metal.” – Consequence of Sound
“‘State of Being’ is built on a backbone of pure heaviness, hard-hitting riffs and irresistible hooks which keep the album burning at high intensity from start to finish.” – Sonic Perspectives
“Those looking for something that knows how to groove hard, offer a catchy chorus, or knock you flat on your back over the course of an album will find ‘State of Being’ to be an immersive listen.” – Dead Rhetoric
“A winning combination that works perfectly.” – The Rock Pit