Interview

Christine Kelly

Owner of Tridroid Records on running a cassette label, choosing which bands to work with, and the value of good art.

From the avantgarde metal of Violet Cold to the stoner rock of Mothership and everything in between, owner Christine Kelly of Tridroid Records has been supporting the musical visions of creative people from around the world ever since she bought the label in 2016. They’ve issued gorgeous boutique cassette re-releases of high profile bands (the first Enslaved album, Vikingligr Veldi and Wardruna’s Runaljod – Ragnarok, among others) while also championing a wide variety of lesser…

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Interview

Dan Klein

Drummer, producer and studio owner on working with bands, drumming for hire, and the importance of pre-production before starting a session.

The Rock Spot on the south side of Chicago was a meat packing plant in a previous life, but today it’s home to a large number of musicians and artists. Deep in the building’s labyrinth of hallways, Dan Klein has turned a 400 sq ft concrete room with tall ceilings into a comfortable single-room studio called Iron Hand Audio where he’s built a reputation for crafting organic, old-school thrash, death and black metal records. The…

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David Paul Seymour

Insight from the prolific illustrator on why good art should be important to bands, plus advice on approaching artists for work and maintaining a high level of productivity.

If you’re involved in the doom or stoner scene, you’re probably familiar with the work of Minnesota-based artist, David Paul Seymour as his work has been quite popular with the weedian set for the last few years. At dank, dimly lit shows overrun with faded prints on black tshirts, a typical DPS design — loose, energetic, graphic and bright — practically jumps off the merch table. They sell, too. One senses that he learned a…

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Doomstress Alexis Hollada

Singer, songwriter, bassist and band leader on Doomstress’ whirlwind first 3 years.

Houston’s Doomstress was officially christened as such in 2016, but the musical partnership at the center of it has existed since at least 2005 when bassist/vocalist “Doomstress” Alexis Hollada joined guitarist Brandon Johnson in Well of Souls. That lineup released an EP in 2005 and splintered but Alexis, Brandon and drummer Raymond Matthews resurfaced a few years later as Project Armageddon. Their 2010 debut, “Departure” is a great example of the Candlemass-inspired doom that’s something…

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Interview

Vito Marchese

Chicago guitarist on his work with Novembers Doom, The Kahless Clone and his tablature publishing company, Resistance HQ Publishing.

Guitarist Vito Marchese jumped straight into the deep end when he joined Chicago’s Novembers Doom in 2005. He was 23 years old and Novembers Doom — the death/doom band founded in 1989 as death/thrash band Laceration before shifting styles and ultimately changing its name in 1992 — was coming into sharp focus after recruiting ex-Neurotoxin guitarist Larry Roberts and releasing two solid albums in 2000 and 2002 for Massachusetts label Dark Symphonies. Vito’s entry to the…

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