Monolord (SE)

In the pantheon of doomster riff-rock, many are called but few are chosen. Your riffs have to be molded in gold, each and every time, to earn the devotion of the crowd. Enter Monolord, the Swedish three-piece that on every album since 2014’s ‘Empress Rising’ has consistently turned in downtuned riffs that are bone-crushing and heavy-yet-droning. But it’s the songwriting that really puts them ahead of the pack, with 2020 ‘Your Time To Shine’ as their finest outing to date.