Monuments live in South Africa review 2019
Friday night saw progressive rockers Monuments kick off their Phronesis Tour in South Africa at Mercury Live in Cape Town. The band visited South Africa in 2015 at Krank’d Up. Armed with their new and arguably most innovative album yet, Phronesis, they returned to fans with an explosive first show on our shores.
Opening the evening was melodic death metal band, Thread of Omen, and alt-prog locals, Deity’s Muse. Thread Of Omen, who formed in 2013, is back this year and showing why they are one of the most exciting metal bands to watch in South Africa. They are a powerful five-piece that proved with their performance at Mercury exactly why they took the top position in its Wacken Metal Battle heat earlier this year. Look out for their brand new single released in April!
Johannesburg-based progressive rockers, Deity’s Muse, is in a league of their own. Their set was incredibly solid and they quickly made sure the crowd doubled in size. Look out for these guys’ live upcoming live shows, it’s something to see!
Both opening bands delivered powerful performances. South Africa has, without a doubt, some of the most talented rock and metal bands. I’m glad they have opportunities like this to shine on the bill!
By the time Monuments took to the stage, the venue was packed. They wasted no time, blasting off their set with the eager crowd jumping around and singing along from the very first song. The band had a disappointing message on social media earlier this year when vocalist, Chris Baretto, announced his departure and played his final show in July. However, new frontman, Andy Cizek, impressed the crowd right from the start with a voice that could blow the roof off any venue. The rest of the band supported him in every way showing outstanding musicianship and positive energy. You notice, right from the moment they walk onto the stage, that this is a group of brothers. They perform together effortlessly.
Although Monuments stand out with aggressive and heavier songs, they are also comfortable with toning it down here and there. They are known to effectively capture emotions with their lyrics and music, and they deliver it flawlessly. With the softer, more toned-down songs, Cizek shows again exactly what he is capable of. His clean singing voice is just as remarkable.
The band has replaced several members over the years, but the legacy most definitely lives on with the group, as they’re touring with their new vocalist and a set of brand new songs. Stronger than ever.
Monuments will be touring America and Canada in the coming months. If they’re playing in your area, be sure to go check them out! The performance at Mercury was certainly an impressive one.
Well done to Plug Music Agency, Turning Tricks Entertainment, Mercury Live and everyone else involved!
Photos by: Chris Preyser