Brooklyn metal act TOMBS have posted a full stream of their new EP, Monarchy of Shadows, which dropped on February 28 via Season Of Mist. The record can be heard in its entirety above.
There’s a line from Mike Hill’s audiobook/tour diary of Anodyne’s 2004 European tour in which the gravel-throated frontman affirms, “I will always outwork you.” In that case, Hill was referring to an incident in Germany early on during a six-week long overseas jaunt with his previous band. In actuality, however, he could have been talking about any instance between when he first picked up a guitar as a teen and the present. Whether it’s his history dating back to previous bands Otis, Anodyne, King Generator or Versoma, his ongoing solo work in Vasilek, the more recent Scorpion Throne project or his twelve year-long reign as the driving force and nerve center of post-black metal institution Tombs, hard work is second nature and nothing will keep the guitarist/vocalist from creative endeavour and expression. And it’s not just music in which his propulsive work ethic has gleaned results: Hill also is the CEO and roast master at Savage Gold Coffee (a labelling nod to Tombs’ 2014 album of the same name), the host/producer/creator of the Everything Went Black podcast, host and producer of Gimme Radio’s Metal Matters flagship podcast, the creator and co-host of horror podcast Necromaniacs as well as a stalwart in the print and online journalism world covering music and MMA fighting. His is, has been and always will be a life steeped in dedication and with unassailable drive in the cross hairs, and 2020 sees Hill shining the spotlight of focus on his first love: Tombs. Giving in to his innate determination and ongoing tenacity, Tombs has emerged with the next chapter in the band’s impressive catalog and growing legacy, Monarchy of Shadows.