Blind Monarch


Formed by brothers Adam and Tom Blyth, Blind Monarch first began to manifest itself in Hull, England in 2014. Bassist Paul Hubbard (ex Skiplickers) joined shortly thereafter in 2015 and the band relocated to Sheffield. The band auditioned several different drummers before Lee Knights (Drawn from Ichor, Out Ink, ex The Kevorkian Solution) stepped in to fill the void. By this point armed with an album's worth of dismal, abrasive, harrowing and yet at times hauntingly melodic doom, Blind Monarch was finally unveiled to an unsuspecting audience in April 2017 to immediate local acclaim. A few more local gigs followed before the band opened the Doomlines festival in July with Bong, Kurokuma, Vinnum Sabbathi etc.

More gigs followed with Kurokuma, Crumbling Ghost, Heavy Sentence, Hundred Year Old Man and more before the band entered the studio with Dan Elms in December 2017 to record their debut album. The “Studio” is actually a huge derelict building in the North of England with no light, heat or even mains electricity, which had to be diverted from a nearby church. In the long, cold and dark days that followed the band poured their palpable discomfort into the recording, which is due for release in the Summer of 2018 with artwork by Thomas Hooper (Neurosis, Converge, Tombs etc). 

Since then, the band has supported international travelling bands such as Monolord (SWE) and Rosetta (US), amongst others, as well as some of the UK’s most prominent doom acts such as Coltsblood, Ommadon and Witchsorrow.