Profile: Margaret Killjoy of Dark Electronic Droners Nomadic War Machine

Nomadic War Machine
Nomadic War Machine

Margaret Killjoy of Nomadic War Machine reached out to us recently with the first video single, “The Fields Lay Fallow,” off their upcoming album Always///Forever. Between the dark electronic drone and breathtaking images of witches and ceremonies I was instantly glued to what I was seeing and hearing. It had me in a trance so to speak, the music pulls you in and the visuals that Killjoy and Charlotte Taylor came up with are the perfect fit. Since it floored me so, I sent over our set of Profile questions to learn more and Killjoy wasted no time in returning answers. Head inside to find out more for yourself and don’t forget to click the links at the end to support Always///Forever so the rest of this album sees the light of day soon.  Continue reading

Initial Descent: May 13 – 19, 2018

Amorphis
Amorphis

I won’t bore you to death with whatever sentiment I had on my mind because this is a week of new releases that deserves your full attention. Much. Good. Stuff. Leading things off are two legendary bands that combined, not counting a few bumps in the road, have 56 years of experience between them. The first of which, Amorphis, return with their melodically inclined heavy metal on Queen of Time and in my hours upon hours of listening to it since yesterday I firmly believe this is some of their best work. Yea, tall order I know, just give it a spin. Second up is At the Gates on To Drink From the Night Itself which took a little more time to really get into but the second half of this thing is a full on blast of epic proportions and “In Death They Shall Burn” is one of the best songs they’ve done in ages. Two great albums from two great legends BUT there’s more — The King Is Blind dropped an out of nowhere demo on us, The Ides of March, and their brand of grind/death/doom just gets better and more extreme as they age. (Guys, put a purchase option on the bandcamp page, PLEASE). Last up in the top slots is Seattle’s The Dark Red Seed with their debut full length Becomes Awake, dark folk hits me square in the right spot and this album has done that in spades. Killer opening with these four but there’s many more that are just as good waiting below. Enjoy and we’ll see you on the flip-side. Continue reading

Profile: Tom Jordan of Death Blues Duo 20 Watt Tombstone

20 Watt Tombstone
20 Watt Tombstone – photo courtesy of CW Snaps

You might be thinking “Death Blues” and wondering what that means exactly. But, I’m betting you’ve already got a decent idea. Taken from the band’s own bio page: “If the White Stripes, The Black Keys, and Left Lane Cruiser had an illegitimate love child with Lemmy while Hunter S. Thompson documented the whole torrid thing…you might get 20 Watt Tombstone.” The only thing missing in this statement is an evil delta blues vibe to really make it complete. Wisconsin based 20 Watt Tombstone released a split with Left Lane Cruiser in 2016 titled Death Blues vs The Dirty Spliff but now have decided to release it as a deluxe EP with only their songs contained and a couple extras. Good choice indeed, their brand of “Death Blues” is unique and magnetic. One listen isn’t enough to take in all the blues, punk attitude, and those nasty rock chops. Just ahead of this release we sat down with Tom Jordan armed with our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say and be sure to catch them out on the road now, links contained at the bottom. Continue reading

Profile: Daniel Davenel of Modern Metallers The Fallen Prodigy

The Fallen Prodigy
The Fallen Prodigy

The Fallen Prodigy is a modern metal band from NY that has been around since late 2014. They released an EP, Passengers, in 2015 and as of this past week released their debut full length Relive//Regret//Repeat. If bands such as Trivium, Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive hit your fancy then you’ll find much to love over the course of these scorching yet emotionally driven eleven tracks. Just behind the album’s release we had the opportunity to ask Daniel Davenel (rhythm guitar) our set of Profile questions so head inside for more information on the band and to see what Davenel had to say. Continue reading

Profile: Georgia’s Doom Metal Duo Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf

Tommy Stewart's Dyerwulf

Tommy Stewart has been, and still is, in several bands over the years and one of which was the thrash / speed metal band Hallows Eve. Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf went in a different direction entirely with doom metal and in January released the single “Shadow In the Well” which serves as a taste from the band’s next album. Listening to the slow, methodical pacing here and the brooding atmosphere it’s a no-brainer that Tommy has been in the game for a long time and not only knows how to craft some wicked metal but twist it into classic sounding yet very dark doom metal. And he does it with just bass, vocals and Eric Vogt on drums. We had the chance to catch up with Tommy and ask him our set of Profile questions to which he was extremely gracious in his answers. Keep reading to see what he had to say. Continue reading