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

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: Chad Kelly of Louisiana’s Medieval Catholic Death Metallers Excommunicated


Last month, Louisiana death metallers Excommunicated released their second full length Death Devout via Satanath Records and its quite the old school force to be reckoned with. I’m getting a strong tie in with Death due to their highly progressive song structures and similar vocal stylings but also a strong tie to classic, old school death metal with the Swedeath feel of it all. Sure that’s a mouth full but with merely one listen you’ll be fully on board with it as well. The band has taken amazing growth steps since 2011’s Skeleton Key in the sense of letting the songs go where they will in lieu of forcing them into a set structure. It’s a whole different animal and one that will leave you wanting more. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with vocalist Chad Kelly to answer our set of Profile questions and as you will see, he was more than generous with his answers. Head inside to see what he had to say. Continue reading

Profile: Finnish Death Metallers Wrathrone


Finnish death metallers Wrathrone have been around since 2008 and with their second full length, Reflections of Torment, newly minted to the metal masses they have firmly planted themselves into Finnish death metal royalty. The difference from debut Born Beneath is astounding. And that’s not discrediting said debut but here the songwriting and overall death metal chops are simply on another level. Two years have made all the difference and the band is much better for it. We’ve touted Finnish death metal here since forever and this album further cements that point but puts the exclamation point firmly on the melodic side. Plainly put, you need this. Anyway, just behind the album’s release we sat down with Matti and Mikael loaded with our Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Profile: Epic Black Metallers Darkestrah


Epic black metallers Darkestrah have been around, in one form or another, since 1999 and have six full lengths under their belts. The most recent of which, Turan, features the deepest pagan black metal roots the band has mined thus far and is better for it. This album leans towards the output of Drudkh but has a mind all its own. The folk aspect of these six tracks are catapulted by the vicious vocals of Merkith. With a vinyl reissue of their second album, Embrace of Memory on the horizon there’s no better time than now to dig your heels into this absolutely ensconcing black metal. We recently had the opportunity to ask the band our set of Profile questions so read on to see what they had to say. Continue reading