Monks of Doom
David Immerglück, Victor Krummenacher, Greg Lisher, and Chris Pedersen, collectively known as Monks of Doom, released their first new album of all new material since 1993’s “Forgery” this fall on Pitch A Tent records. Recorded over several years beginning in 2009, “The Brönte Pin” continues the Monks’ spontaneous forays into the worlds of improvised music, adventurous instrumental work, dystopian paranoia, and mind-melting psychedelia. Recorded and mixed by Bruce Kaphan (American Music Club, David Byrne, Chris Isaak, The Black Crowes), the album simply picked up where the Monks left off, in 2005 with their album of covers, “What’s Left For Kicks?” By measures more aggressive and more laid back than previous recordings, “The Brönte Pin” continues in the grand tradition of this exceptional yet reclusive group of musicians, melding myriad influences into a virtuosity hard to define in the world of current music: The Monks fail to fit into any particular indie rock marketing term. They remain untamed, oblique and defiant. They simply are Monks of Doom.