Kennett rockers 9 Crown Monarch to open Diamond Head gig

Courtesy photo: 9 Crown Monarch members Ryan Garver (drums), Mike McGovern (bass) and Nick Knight (guitar/lead vocals).

This week, some Kennett metalheads are playing at a once-in-a-lifetime show.

On Thursday, Kennett Square-based shredders 9 Crown Monarch are opening a show at Mojo 13 in Newark with metal legends Diamond Head headlining the bill.

Hailing from Stourbridge, England, Diamond Head are noted as one of the leading early metal bands, part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal that started in the late 1970s. Years later, headlining bands like Megadeth and Metallica would cite Diamond Head as one of their main influences.

While they haven't put out an album of new material since 2007's 'What's in your Head,' Diamond Head have toured almost nonstop throughout their 36-year career, and are bringing that tour to Newark, Del., this week.

Nick Knight, guitarist and vocalist for 9 Crown Monarch, said that it is 'intense' opening for such a prestigious band, adding that he recently saw a video of Diamond Head and Metallica performing together on the same stage and was blown away.

'It's unreal that we're opening for a band that not only shared a stage with one of our biggest influences, but also inspired them,' Knight said. 'The magnitude of this experience probably won't even completely sink in until we get there.'

Since being featured in The Kennett Paper two years ago, 9 Crown Monarch have continued playing at venues throughout the region, including the aforementioned Mojo 13, The Legendary Dobbs in Philadelphia and The Note in West Chester.

Knight and his partner and cofounder Mike McGovern have recently added Ryan Garver over a year ago as their new drummer, and they continue to write music and increase their fanbase.

They're also psyched about the gig they can't stop talking about.

'We are extremely excited for this opportunity to open for such an influential metal band,' Knight said.

9 Crown Monarch started together in 2002, playing their first gigs at Kennett High School. They have since been featured on 94WYSP with Tommy Conwell's 'Loud and Local,' and the Couzin Ed's show, and their song 'I Lost' has been featured on 93.3 WMMR Jaxon's Local Shots Podcast.

They spent two years recording their second full length album, 'Sin of Silence,' produced by Silvertide's Kevin Frank, which was released in November 2010.

The Diamond Head show, featuring Coffin Dust and Skeleton Hands, is Thursday, April 11 at Mojo13 in Newark. Tickets are available in advance at or at the event's Facebook page.

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