Article: Leanne Ridgeway
From Texas, by way of Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth, comes two tons of tone as MONTE LUNA and TEMPTRESS join together to ramble on with a slew of tour dates this month, along with a couple of festivals.
Starting on Saturday, October 2nd in Arlington, Texas for Heavy Mash Fest with the likes of Holy Death Trio, Summit, Warlung, Hippie Death Cult, and Rainbows Are Free, the tour then routes up the Eastern seaboard and winds across the Midwest and back down to finish in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Halloween, October 31st.
MONTE LUNA, the trio of psychedelic sludge metallers from Austin Texas joined forces in 2015. With punishing riffs and titanic drumming, Monte Luna has been carving a name for themselves since their debut EP ‘The Hound‘ (2016). They released their self-titled album in 2017 to outstanding reviews, followed by relentless touring in 2018. The band signed with Italian label Argonauta Records in December 2018 and has since re-released their ‘Monte Luna‘ debut on vinyl into the international markets.
In 2019, MONTE LUNA successfully released their second album ‘Drowners Wives‘, but, as with countless others, their accompanying U.S./EU tour was postponed due to the pandemic. The band performed a CVLT Nation-sponsored Livestream in 2020, with that ‘Mind Control Broadcast‘ audio released as a benefit to their local music venue The Lost Well. Monte Luna has slowly begun to return to shows over the past year with the culmination of this Fall 2021 tour with Temptress.
TEMPTRESS is a crew of misfits thunderously tempting fate to boom their way across Big Texas and beyond at the speed of sound. They got together in mid-January 2019 for a simple afternoon of rocking out with intentions of nothing more than keeping their skills sharp. Temptress didn’t plan to be a band, it just worked. In five months, these seasoned players went from jamming for fun in a practice space to writing and recording potent heavy metal songs.
As TEMPTRESS, they began performing live and in June 2019 presented their first original songs in the ‘Temptress‘ EP release. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their debut full-length album with Kent Stump at his Crystal Clear Sound studios. The new tunes are expected for release in early 2022. The rumor I’m hearing about them is leaning towards some impenetrable sonically heavy rock.
MONTE LUNA & TEMPTRESS
U.S. FALL TOUR 2021
Oct. 07 – Houston, TX @ 1810 Ojeman (w/ Direlands)
Oct. 08 – Lafayette, LA @ Freetown Boom Boom Room (w/ Radiant Knife, Ole English)
Oct. 09 – Baton Rouge, LA @ 524/Onyx Theatre (w/ Levee Cult)
Oct. 10 – New Orleans, LA @ Santos Bar
Oct. 11 – Panama City, FL @ Sharks’
Oct. 12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Catacombs (w/ Bog Monkey, Stoneman, Chud)
Oct. 13 – Athens, GA @ Flicker Theatre (w/ Marses)
Oct. 14 – Asheville, NC @ Odditorium (w/ Rocky Mtn Roller, Night Beers)
Oct. 15 – Chapel Hill, NC @ The Kraken (w/ Doomsday Profit)
Oct. 16 – TBA
Oct. 17 – Baltimore, MD @ TheDepot (w/ Bert Hall – acoustic)
Oct. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Sunrot, A Death By Seaside)
Oct. 19 – Jewett City, CT @ Altone’s Music Hall
Oct. 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds (w/ Sonic Taboo, Iron Rider)
Oct. 21 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub
Oct. 22 – Youngstown, OH @ Westside Bowl (w/ Horehound, Pythian)
Oct. 23 – Columbus, OH @ Spacebar (w/ Richwood, Weed Demon)
Oct. 24 – Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle Brewing (w/ Veilcaste)
Oct. 25 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies (w/ Plague Of Carcosa, Murnau)
Oct. 26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Legends (w/ Bog, Winds Of Obscurity)
Oct. 27 – Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar
Oct. 28 – Nashville, TN @ The East Room (w/ Scorched Vatika)
Oct. 29 – Birmingham, AL @ The Nick (W/ Embr, The Goddamn Rights)
Oct. 30 – Little Rock, AR @ Kanis Skatepark – Kanis Halloween Bash
Oct. 31 – Tulsa, OK @ The Whittier Bar (w/ Dust Lord)
Tour poster art by Daniel Marschner.