Writer (Rosetta, South Africa)
- I am a musician, writer, and brewer by trade. Besides having written many music reviews and articles for various publications and sites over the years, I have also been a member of the bands Tyburn, Agro, Jim Neversink, and some other small projects that range from Appalachian folk to occult rock/doom metal. I am currently the manager and one of the brewers at Nottingham Road Brewing Company, and I like my music REAL heavy with a side order of IPA. And cheese. Who doesn’t like cheese?!
Entombed’s Clandestine - Live is the celebration of a monumental album from a magical musical period by a monster band.
With the adult graphic novel GRACE: Based on the Jeff Buckley Story (First Second/Macmillan), author Tiffanie DeBartolo has perfectly captured the essence of Jeff Buckley with heart and soul.
Vying for the South African “doom king” status, trio Ruff Majik return with their new album Tårn (Lay Bare Recordings) and, with it, prove once and for all that they are a band to be reckoned with.
Robyn Ferguson, a recent endorsee of Ibanez South Africa, has all the guitar chops and song writing ability to make her self-released Alizarin an explosive EP.
Periphery IV: Hail Stan, out April 5th via 3DOT Recordings, is the work of a mature prog band with tongue firmly in cheek and easily Periphery’s best album thus far.
Outside of the production lacking in quality, Chris Prophet’s playing is tight and clean, and his tone and feel on Athaza are on the money.
South Africa’s Bulletscript have what it takes to get into the international ring and kick some major metal ass with their new EP, Enemy.
Putting the needle to the groove on Tre, the new, magnificent bastard of a record from The Devil And The Almighty Blues, is going to pour thick, syrupy goodness down your ears and into the greedy stoner corners of your soul.
Man, the Hellcats are dirty. Like, the poker room in the back of a seedy bar dirty. And that’s no disrespect, because they play rock & roll the way it’s intended - loose, groovy, pounding, and DIRTY. The Hex and The Healer is a must-listen!
As a stoner fanboy, Seasons ticks a lot of bell-bottom boxes, but the delicate chaos makes for an uneven listen. That said, Ruff Majik are easily one of the top bands in the country that are worth watching as they grow into a monster.
Mad God unleash a stoner doom storm from South Africa and, with Grotesque and Inexorable, we have something really special on our hands.
Out now via Burning Tone Records, South Africa’s Zombies Ate My Girlfriend have released their finest album yet, the impressive Shun The Reptile.