Continuing their ascension into the international touring market, Johannesburg stalwarts Deity’s Muse will be the main support act for UK prog-metal pioneers, Monuments on their Phronesis UK Summer Tour. The tour sees Deity’s Muse returning to the UK for a short run of dates supporting Monuments in Brighton, Norwich, Birmingham and Milton Keynes. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as Deity’s Muse is set to release a new EP leading up to the tour. Some additional Deity’s Muse UK tour dates will be announced soon in support of the band’s soon-to-be-released EP.
2018 saw many highlights present themselves to Deity’s Muse. They supported Seether during the band’s brief South African sojourn in May, had their video for “Walls Down” premiered by the legendary Metal Hammer magazine, embarked on a successful UK tour in August which culminated in an unforgettable performance at Bloodstock Open Air festival on the Sophie Lancaster stage, followed by a local headline slot opening for SikTh and Miss May I in September at the ever-popular Krank’d Up music festival.
Watch Deity’s Muse’s “Walls Down” video here:
Progressive metal luminaries Monuments are back with their most innovative work yet in new album, Phronesis. The path to get there wasn’t an easy one, however. To support their previous album, The Amanuensis, Monuments embarked on a two-year global journey. The transcontinental metallers sated fans and made new ones across Europe, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States, sharing the stage with Protest the Hero, Animals As Leaders, Karnivool, After the Burial, and Devin Townsend. When Monuments returned home, it was time to heal up physically and mentally. The opportunity to mend minds and heal wounds not only fortified Monuments, it afforded primary songwriter John Browne space to craft Monuments’ best material to date. Coupled with vocalist Chris Barretto’s “blank slate” lyrical mandate, Phronesis isn’t about starting over but rather moving forward. While Gnosis and The Amanuensis paved the way for Monuments’ monumental return on Phronesis, it’s songs— really catchy songs—that set the multi-national outfit apart from just about any band on the planet. One listen to “A.W.O.L.,” “Vanta,” “Ivory,” “Leviathan,” and “The Watch” proves Monuments are on the leading edge of musical virtuosity, vocal superiority, and lyrical smarts. Progressive metal is ready for Monuments to take the genre to new heights with Phronesis.
Watch Monuments’ “Mirror Image” lyric video here: