What goes through your mind when you hear the word 'Mono'? Stereo? That would be far too simple. No, the name of the Hamburg-based band fronted by Martin Engler derives from the term 'Monomania' which is a medical term from the early 1900s and means 'partially insane'. Whoever is set alight by the band's musical fireworks - which the band definitely ignites live - will ask 'Why only partially insane?' After all, in the past year
. have invaded the scene in a way that could be called 'complete insanity'. After hearing the hits 'Get some Sleep' and 'Voices Of Doom', every last dark soul knows the music of the three gentlemen and the lady at the drums...
In spring 2010 the band started their first real headliner tour and toured Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Due to the great success of that tour they played 15 extra shows in the autumn of 2010. To coincide with that tour Mono Inc.
released the EP 'Comedown' which was in the top ten of the German Alternative Charts for more than 10 weeks. To close an amazing year the four rockers were invited by Germany's incredible top act Unheilig
, to play 21 sold-out arenas all over Germany. Mono Inc
.'s live performances were a triumph.
Their album 'Viva Hades' from 2011 represents the next chapter in the world of mono-mania. Hitting the top 50 album charts it is a collection of songs heavily influenced by their live shows during 2010. 'The energy of all those overwhelming moments on stage went directly into our eleven new songs' says singer and songwriter Martin Engler. After the release of 'Viva Hades' the band spent the rest of the year 2011 on the road, playing a mostly sold out headlining tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
In 2012 Mono Inc
. climb the next step on the ladder of success open up. After signing a worldwide record deal with SPV / Rookies & Kings now comes the best and most rocking album of the band's history. With guest appearances on almost every major rock scene festivals (Wacken Open Air, Wave Gotik Treffen, Amphi, Deichbrand, Summer Breeze) raises this 6th Album its long shadows ahead. The first single 'After The War' turned out to be most successful Mono Inc
. single to date with a jump to # 4 in the German Alternative Charts in it's first week of release! The album is as vocalist Martin Engler. '...the logical consequence of our development from 'Viva Hades' It's still rocking, with more up-tempo songs and in turn more effort in the production standard. 'We wanted to put this album is a milestone.' We succeeded! One thing is for sure: everybody who liked 'Viva Hades' will LOVE 'After The War'.