Erin Palmer is no stranger 'round these (pseudo-medieval) parts. You may know her as the sole member of both raw black metal outfit Dread Maw and black metal/black n' roll entity Rage of Devils--or perhaps, if you have a ridiculously acute memory, you may recall a few guest posts here at ye olde Sleeping Village. Or you may know her by benefit of an active community presence over on twitter.
In any case, Erin is great, and we're honored to have had the opportunity to chat about a wide variety of topics, from the upcoming Dread Maw release, to black metal as a genre and a mindset, to maintaining distinctions between multiple projects, to Mortal Kombat, and beyond. We hope you enjoy! Once yer done reading this, I recommend making the trek over to bandcamp and snagging that sweet Libations of Blood preorder.
Enough preemptive chit-chat. Without further ado:
Greetings, dear reader! In lieu of our typical pre-interview banter, I'm just gonna drop a quote from our review of At Hell's Gate, the forthcoming album from today's interviewee:
"Underking--the moniker of the very talented Maxwell Jeffries--plays a stupidly infectious blend of traditional heavy metal, thrash, alternative metal, and NWOBHM, all encased in a decidedly modern sheen. Across the varied breadth of At Hell’s Gate, Jeffries sounds like he’s paying homage to a veritable horde of influences, while simultaneously delivers a fresh-faced take on the side of metal that revels in jubilant hooks, catchy choruses, and enthusiastic groove. Underking arrives at hell’s gate with glee-inducing energy and a penchant for catchy-as-hell songwriting, and if that ain’t enough to wet yer whistle, I can offer nothing but sympathy and condolences."
Big thanks to Max for taking time to chat! After you're down readin,' I highly recommend checking out the pre-order and three available singles. But, without further ado, let's get to the good stuff!
Interview conducted by: The Voiceless Apparition
Some of you may be familiar with the name Blackwater Holylight, but some of you may not. For those uninitiated I will fill you in. Blackwater Holylight are a Heavy Psych/doom metal band from Portland, Oregon. They play a beautiful and melodious, but also heavy and doomy blend of psychedelic rock, shoegaze, dream pop, and doom metal. They are currently signed to the always incomparable Riding Easy Records, and have released two stellar albums so far. Their latest, Veils of Winter, was, in my opinion, one of the best albums of the past 5-10 years: an utter masterpiece. Go check out that album if you haven't already.
I had the absolute privilege of speaking with founder and main songwriter Sunny Faris. We talked metal, the beauty of emotional music, their upcoming 3rd album, and so much more. I hope you all enjoy this interview. Cheers!
Welcome, dear readers, to the grand opening of our Sleeping Village Gallery and/or Curiositorium! For our inaugural exhibition, we're very pleased to present assorted examples of the artwork and design of UK based artist Meg (of Sludgework fame,) alongside an interview with the artist herself.
If you frequent various online metal communities, there's a good chance you've seen her easily recognizable work: black and white, and often featuring viscous lettering and skulls (or other gory oddities.) I mean, check out that logo. Meg's freelance work can be found gracing the halls of many a band, podcaster, streamer, author, or online personality. A sampling of said designs are featured here today, and if you like what you see, you should absolutely check out the Sludgework website for a more complete catalog. And, needless to say, if you're on the hunt for a top-notch artist for your logo, cover art, poster, tshirt, etc., you should get in touch, 'cuz this stuff is, as ye shall soon see, quite good.
I'm personally a big fan of the stark Sludgework aesthetic, and, as such, was very excited to chat through a variety of topics related to both her work and inspirations. Without further ado, then: let's dive in!
To say that I am a fan of what Revered and Reviled Above All Others hath wrought is, erm, a bit of an understatement. This drudgery of this reviewin' life has led me to seek out music that tries new things and creates new listening experiences, and the briskly sludgy doomviolence of RRAAO most certainly scratches that particular itch.
If you want to hear me proselytize further, check out this review of Toppling The Rotten Pillar. But speaking to the more immediate matter at hand: working with this duo over the past few months to bring you their (excellent, obviously) split with Cyttorak has been a dream. To that end, I'm happy to present an interview with AS and DB regarding the split in question, their approach to music-making, the general RRAAO ethos, and so on. Without further ado: enjoy these (particularly thoughtful) answers!
Interview conducted by: The Voiceless Apparition
2021 is about to get a whole lot more frozen. There are many new bands in the death metal genre garnering plenty of praise of praise, and rightfully so, but I can't think of another band recieving as much critical praise as Frozen Soul...also rightfully so! Death metal isn't typically known for its frosty and frozen atmosphere and lyrical themes, but that's what Frozen Soul are here to do. Last year these masters of the cold signed with Century Media Records, something I was ecstatic about. It's amazing to see a band get signed to a major label so quickly in their career, having only existed for two years now and only releasing one demo through the ever fantastic Maggot Stomp.
2021 is going to be the year for Frozen Soul to take over the underground extreme metal scene. I was extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to interview guitarist Michael Munday. We talked signing with Century Media Records, how hardcore influences their songwriting, death metal, and much more. Enjoy!
Written by: The Voiceless Apparition
If there's one positive thing I can say about the internet, it is how easy it is to discover new music. In late 2019 I discovered Haunt through theShadow Kingdom Records YouTube page, the video was for the song "Mind Freeze." I was instantly blown away. Immediately afterwards I went to Bandcamp and pre-ordered the CD. The rest is history.
That's why the internet can be beneficial when it comes to music. The fact that you can discover a band, fall in love, and instantly order their merch. We are always discovering new music, but sometimes it's hard to swim through all of the bullshit and find an artist that connects with you. Haunt have become one of those bands for me. I really respect the level of passion, determination, ambition and drive that Trevor William Church possesses--not to mention his exceptional songwriting capabilities. I was lucky enough to conduct an interview with Haunt's mastermind on New Years Eve of 2020 and it is as follows:
As the days grow shorter and year-end-list season approaches, we slumbering scribes are slowing down when it comes to writin' reviews. That said, we've still got some interviews left in the tank.
To that end, Texas' very own Holy Death Trio--a riff-centric outfit purporting to illustrate a certain "Jimi Hendrix played with Black Sabbath" quality--were courteous enough to brave our interrogation chamber. These guys put out a single entitled "Bad Vibrations" a few weeks back, and this Friday will see the release of "Black Wave," yet another bangin' track. If you're in the mood for a hard rockin' good time, look no further than Holy Death Trio. Without further ado:
This coming Friday, Nov. 20th, two bands from New Hampshire--Dust Prophet and Conduit--will kick off Sleeping Village Record's series of 2-track splits. Side A, Dust Prophet's bangin' new single "Down Below," is currently available for yer listening pleasure over at Alternative Control, who were kind enough to run a track premiere. If you haven't already nabbed this thing, you can find the pre-order here. On Friday, this split will become available for the low, low price of...Name Your Own Price.
In anticipation of the eminent release, we asked Dust Prophet some questions about the track, the pandemic, and life in a band in general. All four members--Otto, Vincenza, Sarah, and Marc--were kind enough to hit us with some in-depth answers. Big thanks to the whole crew, and, without further ado: enjoy!
If ye haven't heard, we slumbering scribes are putting out a compilation album on Oct. 2nd! Sleeping Village Caravan Of Doom (Vol. 1) is an exhibition of like-minded tracks that balance sludgy heft with an earthy stoner atmosphere. These are songs that would feel at home in the midst of a bog or mire, and we’ve brought them together, drenched in murk and algae, for your gloomy enjoyment. Pre-order here for the measly price of $1! That, dear reader, is a bargain.
In anticipation of the (increasingly eminent) release of Sleeping Village Record's inaugural compilation--a swampy collection of 10 previously released underground stoner doom tracks--we highfalutin peasants have invited the featured artists to our murky interrogation chamber for a chat. Number four on our list--and the tracklist!--is Denver's own earthdiver, who we previously interviewed! The following is republication of that prior chat, with a few extra questions added to the top to keep things fresh and relevant.
earthdiver's fantastic debut, Lord of the Cosmos came out earlier this year. If you like what you hear, instrumental track "Blood Moon" will be making a well-deserved appearance on the Caravan of Doom. Without further ado, I give you earthdiver!
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