Grand Magus Monument on 180g LP
Rise Above Records is pleased to announce that the label will be making the first four Grand Magus albums available on vinyl in the U.S. market for the first time. Each album - Grand Magus (2001), Monument (2003), Wolf's Return (2005) and Iron Will (2008) - is pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
Grand Magus was founded by JB Christofferson (vocals/guitars) and Mats “Fox” Skinner (bass) in 1996. Two years later, Fredrik “Trisse” Liefvendahl (drums) joined the group on drums and the combo released two demos. In November 2001 the band issued their Fred Estby mixed and produced self-titled debut inspired by the late creative period of bands such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.
Ravely reviewed follow-ups Monument and Wolf's Return saw the band refining their style and distinctly turning to stronger metal influences without denying their roots. The Swedish trio has always stuck to its own path of evolution, yet they’ve never casted off their early days groove nor their love for epic doom or extreme metal.
"Grand Magus are one of those bands that really love their art. To call them stoner does them a disservice, however, because they are way beyond such arbitrary tags and Monument is nothing if not a glorious tribute to both colossal guitar damage and the inventive spirit...So, if the sound of mountain ranges on the move makes you grin like a riff-happy idiot then this stupendous amalgamation of 70's hard rock, shuddering doom metal and menacing atmospherics definitely deserves a spin. This is epic metal for those who need grime in their groove." - Essi Berelian, Kerrang!
Grand Magus Monument Track Listing:
1. Ulvaskall (Vargr)
2. Summer Solstice
3. Brotherhood of Sleep
4. Baptised in Fire
5. Chooser of the Slain (Valfader)
6. Food of the Gods
7. He Who Seeks... Shall Find