Vocals: Zed Tan Bass: Damien Tan Guitars: Damien Ng Drums: Jason Cruz
The Black Monolith was formed by Damien Ng (formerly Bhelliom, Truth Be Known) in 2014.
Shortly after leaving Bhelliom in 2011, Damien Ng wrote the materials for the album. However, due to personal issues and other commitments, the project was put on hold. In March 2014 Damien Ng decided to rewrite and fine tune the materials. It was around the same time that he got in touch with Jason Cruz (Withered Tree/PLATE), a seasoned Rock/Pop/Blues/Jazz drummer. Rehearsals between the two soon began and 9 songs were finalized within 2 months.
Damien Tan was hired to fill in the bass duties and after a long tiring search. And together with the help of friends, Damien Ng got in touch with Zed Tan (NUS CAC Amplified), to be the singer and lyricist, and the proverbial final piece of the puzzle. The Black Monolith is now complete.
By the end of four rehearsals , Zed completed the lyrics and melody. The band entered the studio to record their debut album, which will be released in Mar/Apr 2015.
LOUD & PROUD
The Black Monolith’s style of music ranges from 70s hard rock to 90s grunge. Individual members are each heavily influenced by different eras of rock. This adds a whole new dimension to their songwriting, which makes it sound familiarly classic, yet bravely modern.
Some of the best bands in the world have had 2 members with the same name - John Paul Jones and John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Ian Gillan and Ian Paice (Deep Purple). Could the two Damiens in The Black Monolith be a foretelling of something greater? That remains to be seen.