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Monuments Vocalist Andy Cizek Opens Up On The Mental & Financial Struggles Of Being In A Band In 2023, Fellow Musicians Respond


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Andy Cizek, vocalist for British progressive metal band Monuments, recently lamented the current state of heavy metal culture and the challenges faced by the majority of artists in the scene. To say times have been tough for most musicians would be an understatement, with the live entertainment industry having ground to a halt amid the pandemic.

Upon reopening, a glut of tours led to an ongoing shortage of suitable transportation to comfortably hit the road. There’s also been a drain on live professionals, with a considerable portion having stuck with the other jobs and careers they resorted to during the lockdown.

Compounding the problem, some venues who suffered during the downtime took to raising merch cuts as a way to recoup on their own losses, further straining the already stressed budgets of touring artists.

Meanwhile, the ongoing effects of inflation and the energy crisis playing out—particularly across Europe—has seen countless tours scrapped or rescheduled until a time when they can be financially feasible.

Opening up yesterday (January 16th) on that and the disturbing allegations and charges that have been laid against musicians, presumably amid the MeToo movement and more, Cizek offered:

Many fellow artists responded directly to Cizek offering their encouragement and support. Among some of them were Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, Stick To Your Guns drummer Craig Reynolds, Candy Hearts singer/guitarist Mariel Loveland, Enter Shikari vocalist Rou Reynolds and more. You can see some of their replies below:

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