Watch “Onwards” here: https://youtu.be/MMu3vUOIzTk
“‘Onwards’ is a song about personal growth. Funnily enough, it manifested itself the night I quit a job I hated. At the time, I was trying to claw myself out of a period of serious self-loathing – I was neck deep going through it everyday and needed to find my way out. I wanted to live more and do more – and most importantly I didn’t want to feel held back by my traumas and my past. In order to do that, I felt like I needed to take a leap of faith and just go. ‘Onwards’ became my pledge to do that.
Sonically, ‘Onwards’ is a few things. It’s incredibly powerful – the energy and force it carries within it continues to move me every time I hear it. It borrows a lot from reggaeton, Devin Townsend, and Nietzchean philosophy – it’s an existential wall of sound you could dance to. I think it might be the only metal song I’ve ever heard that has a calypso beat and real bongos.
The video (which we shot with director Steve May) is obscenely orange. One of the record’s themes is that there’s a different color for every track – each color represents an emotion or a feeling that this collection of music brought back into my life over the years. ‘Onwards’ was a particularly transformational and pivotal point of my life, and orange is a particularly adventurous and optimistic color – I’ve always associated the two. Another theme of this record is how my bandmates (guitarist Mike Rance, bass player Daniel Degeorges, and drummer Ian Dubson) contribute to making this band what it is. I’ve always written all of the music, but without the three of them there wouldn’t be Monolith Zero, the band. It was really important to me that the video put a spotlight on all four of us together. I asked Steve to capture us honestly and he did exactly that. We’re all immensely proud of how the video came out and we’re excited to show the world who we are.” – Nick Eustaquio
Physical pre-orders for Monolith Zero start today, May 27 here: monolithzero.com or monolithzeroband.bandcamp.com
Monolith Zero was recorded at Westfall Recording Studios, produced by Anthony Lopardo and Nick Eustaquio, and mixed by Ray Marte (of Moon Tooth) and Nick Eustaquio.
Monolith Zero will be released independently via Noise Machine and will be available on every major streaming service.
Monoloith Zero will be releasing a series of NFT’s alongside the record called Seekers Society. More in-depth information on Seekers Society can be found at monolithzero.com/seekers-society and will be available for purchase at opensea.io/collection/monolithzero.