Monuments’ Adam Swan Leaves Metal For Career in Agriculture

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Adam Swan, the bassist for Monuments, has decided to leave the band in order to pursue a career in agriculture.

Per an official statement provided by the band, Swan developed a deep passion for agriculture over the course of the pandemic, and rather than continue forward with a career in music, he desires to venture further into this passion.

Per the band’s statement: “With a heavy heart, we must announce the departure of Adam Swan. Since day one, he has held down the roots of our music with fervor and expertise.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, he became strongly involved with Soil Ecology Agriculture as a specialist in regenerative agriculture, which he has proudly committed himself to. It is in this position that he finds himself most comfortable, and we are so inspired by the journey he is on.

“With incredible passion, he is working to help all to make better, more informed decisions about how to heal the world through more sensible decisions.

“We wish him the best with all the love in our hearts, and we hope you will follow his journey on Soil Ecology Agriculture, both on Instagram and at

“Thank you for the tremendous grooves, memories, and friendship dear Swan. We love you and you will be thoroughly missed.On a brighter note, please join us in welcoming our new bass player, Werner Erkelens to the band! Since July 2022, Werner has been filling in on live performances with incredible skill, devotion, and enthusiasm.

“We are extremely proud to bring his new energy and skills into the future of Monuments. The addition of Werner to the group makes us feel rejuvenated and more excited than ever for the future. Come see us tear it up for the next 7 weeks with Leprous and Kalandra!”

What do you make of such a career shift? Not that long ago, Monuments frontman Andy Cziek expressed some frustrations regarding how he feels about modern metal culture and what it is like to be in a band nowadays.

Among the sentiments he shared, Cziek said he feels it is “pretty stupid” to be in a band. To learn more about what he had to say, follow the link below.

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