Monk will release their new album ‘Katedralen’ 5 March 2021, and today they have shared the video for the first track ‘Arv’.
‘Katedralen’ is the bands fifth album and marks a more dynamic approach to song composition.
Thomas Eriksen told MetalTalk: “The path I have walked from the first album up to this current day has been much needed for me to really find myself and what Mork is.
“The album has everything I want in an album, grooves, harshness, grandiosity, sadness, beauty and power. No rules, other than to respond to what comes out of my mind and soul while creating.
“‘Katedralen’ [cathedral] is actually an old one I have had laying around since the early days of Mork. I always had a vision of a vast desolate cold and dead land and a gigantic cathedral where lost souls are kept for all eternity.
“I remember fantasizing it being a concept EP, I suppose much like ‘Det Svarte Juv’ was envisioned back in the day. However, that one did not end up as a concept album. ‘Katedralen’ is not a concept album either, but I see now that all the tracks tie neatly together after all. In the end all the lost souls end up at the base of the massive cathedral.”
‘Katedralen’ was performed and recorded at Likkjelleren Studio by Eriksen, who mixed with Freddy Holm at Kleiva Studio. There are guest appearances from Nocturno Culto of labelmates Darkthrone, Dolk of fellow countrymen Kampfar and Eero Pöyry of funeral doom masters Skepticism.
New Song ‘Arv’
Of the new song ‘Arv’, Eriksen told us: “Finally I am able to reveal the first taste of the new album, ‘Katedralen’. The song ‘Arv’ was the very first track that I both wrote lyrics and put down vocals for, on our new album.
“It is a very personal track, for sure, a real heavy, slow and groovy piece with melancholic melodies that captures the essence of the atmosphere I was striving for.
“The video, we created within the majestic and imposing Fredriksen Fortress, which looms above my hometown of Halden.”
6th March Norway, Oslo – Rockefeller – album launch show
4th April The Netherlands, Utrecht – venue tbc
3rd April Germany -Munich – Dark Easter Metal Meeting
9th April Denmark, Aarhus – Royal Metal Fest
10th April Germany, Lichtenfels – Ragnarök
21st May Austria, Vienna – Vienna Metal Meeting
29-31st July Germany – Wacken Open Air Festival
21st August Poland – NCM Festival, Pyskowice
Special guests to Winterfylleth – rescheduled dates 2021
13th May – London (UK) – Boston Music Room
14th May – Cologne (DE) – Club Volta
15th May – Cottbus (DE) – Zum Faulen August
16th May – Abtenau (AT) – The Temple
17th May – München (DE) – Backstage
18th May – Aarburg (CH) – Musigburg
19th May – Ljubljana (SI) – Orto Bar
20th May – Budapest (HU) – Dürer Kert
22nd May – Villingen (DE) – Klosterhof
23rd May – Gent (BE) – Throne Fest
24th May – Manchester (UK) – Rebellion Club