While the past has internally been an inspiration for new literary and artworks, German goth-alt rockers MONO INC. take things to a whole new level with two new singles, foreshadowing their 11th studio album. Reflected both in their lyrics and dark Inquisition-inspired video content, and even their dramatic gothic style, it’s time for all of us to sit back and not relax as we reflect on Europe’s dark and doomed past as seen through the prism of the band’s new offerings.German alternative-gothic rockers MONO INC. have announced their eleventh studio album ‘The Book Of Fire’, delivering a saga of blazing flames, rigorous persecution and bloody torture. The new long-play will be released on January 24, 2020. Ahead of this, they are previewing the first singles ‘Louder Than Hell’ and ‘The Book of Fire’. This release ought to please fans of The 69 Eyes, Sabaton, Blind Guardian, Helloween, Elusive and Lacrimosa.
Formed in 2000 and based in Hamburg, MONO INC. are Martin Engler (vocals ), Katha Mia (drums), Carl Fornia (guitars ) and Manuel Antoni (bass). This album follows up their album ‘Welcome to Hell’, which was released in July 2018.
The new album features contributions by Tilo Wolff (Lacrimosa) and Teufel (Tanzwut). MONO INC.’s previous studio-albums all placed in the Top 6 of the German charts or higher.
This sound phenomenon of this long-play takes you to a time of burning stakes. A time where scholars ran for their lives and ultimate existence. A time when knowledge gained over centuries was systematically erased. A time of the inquisition.
This new concept album from MONO INC. sheds light onto the story of the ‘Book Of Fire’, a mystical artefact containing the secret knowledge of centuries and chose a young healer to be its new owner in the dark middle-ages.
The persecution, sorrow and suffering that the bloodthirsty inquisition inflicted on her and her fight for freedom are wrapped up in a terrific way by these four musicians, formed around mastermind Martin Engler. This is heavier than ever before, but not without the band’s well-known, emotional depth.
From the very first sounds, you get pulled into an emotional roller-coaster, carried by epic anthems. You may shed tears over these soulful ballads and celebrate when heavy guitars and the angelic voice of drummer Katha Mia unite in perfect harmony.
But the concept of this album is perhaps too refined, too good to not make more of it. Thus, the band sets new standards by telling the whole story of the young healer Aellin in their first ever earbook, covering the whole tragedy of the inquisition era in 12 captivating chapters.
And if that’s not enough, you can also listen to the story in the audio-book version, read by no other than Katha Mia and Martin Engler with his soothing, smoky voice, accompanied by the heart-warming melodies from ‘The Book Of Fire’ album on piano.
With their heaviest album ever, MONO INC. will take you with them to the somber time of the Inquisition, illuminated only by the torchlights of the henchman. Dive into the story of the witch on CD/DVD. In Europe, it is also available on vinyl and, for the first time ever, in an earbook (German only). Witness the whole tragedy of lost wisdom and humanity from the front-row seat.
The singles ‘Louder Than Hell’ and ‘The Book of Fire’ are now available through online stores such as Apple Music and for streaming via Spotify. As of January 24, ‘The Book of Fire’ LP will be released via SPV / NoCut in Europe and ADA / Entertainment One in North America. However, it is already available for pre-order. MONO INC. will be supporting this album with an extensive tour including 13 dates in March and April.
TRACKLISTING – CD:
1. The Book of Fire
2. Louder Than Hell
4. Shining Light (feat. Tilo Wolff)
5. Where The Raven Flies
6. The Last Crusade
7. Death or Life
9. Right for The Devil (Feat. Tanzwut)
10. Run for Your Life
11. The Gods of Love
12. What Have We Done
1.The Book of Fire (official video)
2.Louder Than Hell (official video)
3.Warriors (official video)
4.Behind the Curtain – The Making Of
THE BOOK OF FIRE TOUR’ 2020
06.03.20 – Münster, Skaters Palace
07.03.20 – Köln, Carlswerk Victoria
12.03.20 – München, Backstage Werk
13.03.20 – Nürnberg, Z-Bau
14.03.20 – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
15.03.20 – Pratteln, Z7
20.03.20 – Berlin, Columbia Halle
21.03.20 – Leipzig, Haus Auensee
27.03.20 – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
28.03.20 – Stuttgart, Im Wizemann
29.03.20 – Saarbrücken, Garage
03.04.20 – Hannover, Pavillon
04.04.20 – Hamburg, Sporthalle