Waxim “Wax” Ulysses Mekanix is an American musician, songwriter, performer, producer, and founding member of NWOBHM cult rockers Nitro.
Wax’s perspective and work can best be described as raw, authentic, bold, uncompromising, and disconcerting.
Out of a radically transformed America comes a statement from a veteran artist that’s of and for its time. Psychotomimetic (2023) is a blisteringly heavy, trippy, kaleidoscopic, disconcerting set of songs that defy genre, and comment on the times he creates in.
“History shows us that artists will not let this kind of tectonic shift in American life pass without comment. I’m just commenting now.”
“While new artists strive to cultivate vintage connective tissue to fuse themselves with that rare genuine original creative source that defines their craft, by virtue of my history, I’m forever linked to this authentic well-spring of inspiration. This type of provenance can’t be synthesized, purchased, or conjured. It has to be earned. Whatever value it carries, I guess I’ve earned it and I’m certainly proud of it.”
“I’m Wax Mekanix and I approve this message”
The Stone Eye
Come along with us and grab a beer, throw up your legs, and let out a sigh of relief. A new era is born; or at least, something like that.
Philadelphia’s premier fuzz-filled rockers are ushering in 2023 with new music throughout the year, continuing with their third single Oogie-Dew, along with their new full-length album, Fata Morgana. Formed in 2014 by some buddies in High School with a shared love for music and endless amounts of ambition (sometimes to the point of absurdity), The Stone Eye is a band that prides itself in tackling multiple genres within one cohesive package; usually topped off with thunderous rhythm, loud guitars, and haunting vocals. It was not always this way though, and that's part of the appeal.
Throughout the band's long history, musical evolution and experimentation have been at the forefront of each member's mind. What happens if you cross pop-sensibilities with traditional metal? Or maybe throw some funk in there for the ladies? Perhaps this song needs a hand pan? Why not! With every new release, The Stone Eye is providing new perspectives on tried genres, and that's... well, cool. These upcoming releases are absolutely no exception to that now-established mantra, so strap on in, grab that beer we were talking about earlier, and enjoy the ride.
T.G.R. is the band's fourth single of 2023, which can be found alongside eleven other tracks on the band's latest album entitled Fata Morgana.
Fata Morgana and the aforementioned single is being distributed through Electric Talon Records on CD, cassette, and digital mediums.
Formed in the (sometimes) sunny city of Athens, Greece back in 2017, StartTheMonkey is a post meets experimental doom metal band. After a period of numerous lineup changes, the band has now settled in on it's current incarnation and is hard at work recording records and playing live shows following the Coronavirus epidemic.
Following their 2020 EP entitled The Start of the Monkey, the band is ready to release their latest creation: a full length LP entitled Urban Psyche which will be sure to grab the attention of both fans of the band, as well as fans of the genre as a whole. Urban Psyche will be available in 2023 through Electric Talon Records on the CD, Cassette, and Digital mediums.
Hailing from Quezon City (Philippines), brothers Vincent and VN formed what is now known as Polymerase in 2014. Although the band was soon to find local success, the project ran its course rather quickly due to issues outside of the brothers control. Years later though, this was to change.
Fast forward to 2020, and amidst the Coronavirus pandemic the brothers soon found themselves conversing about their long forgotten band. Following some lengthy conversations through Facebook, the current iteration of Polymerase was formed and was quick to get to work. Within a year, the band found itself releasing what is now known as Unostentatious- an album that began as a simple demo but quickly turned into a glorious combination of doom, psychedelic, and stoner rock.
Fast forward to 2023 and the band is proud to be releasing their latest endeavor: part one of a two part album entitled Dreams & Realities. Taking the lessons learned from Unostentatious, the band quickly found a style of psychedelic stoner rock that was truly unique to the band, and will be sure to grab attention. Dreams & Realities Pt. 1 will be available February 3rd, 2023 through both Electric Talon Records and Sliptrick Records.
Hailing from the Philippines, Basalt Shrine is a doom/post-metal act that was conceived during the height of the pandemic. The band began when Bobby Legaspi of the doom/sludge acts Surrogate Prey and Malicious Birth joined the Vivo Brothers - Ronnel and Ronaldo of various musical entities (Dagtum, The Insektlife Cycle, Abanglupa, Imperial Airwaves), in their on-going post-metal project Human Tusk, Hallowed Trunks. They initially worked on Human Tusk, Hallowed Trunks pre-recorded materials but later decided to start from scratch and exchange new demos, thus forming what is now known as Basalt Shrine. Bobby recruited Rallye Ibanez (Surrogate Prey, Ex-Religious Nightmare, Isvarah) to do bass and vocal duties. Due to the strict health protocols and series of community quarantine lockdowns, the band wrote and recorded their debut album remotely.
THE SAME RIVER
When the deadbolt breaks
For over fifteen years, When The Deadbolt Breaks has lurked in the dark corners of underground metal. With a doom style both psychedelic and unsettling, the band is singer/guitarist Aaron Lewis’s gritty vision of life on the subcultural fringes of New England society.
TEL are a metal band from Richmond, VA. Taking cues from local legends Cough, Windhand, and Inter Arma, the four piece set out to write dark, heavy, melodic sounding music that melds elements of doom, sludge, progressive, and post-metal into one seamless mix.
Tel have teamed up with Costa Rica based Age of the Wolf to record a split entitled Vigils, out August 13th 2021 through Electric Talon Records.
AGE OF THE WOLF
There’s not really a specific genre to place Age of the Wolf’s music, so they went for the term “Fuzz Worshipping Doom”. Doom infused with stoner, catchy riffs, with the heaviness and emotion of sludge, the band seeks to travel through different genres in order to emanate feelings and emotions.
Hailing from Costa Rica, the Fuzz Worshiping Doom outfit released their debut album, the follow-up to their 2016 self-titled EP. It covered quite a different spectrum, focused on a more heavy metal/hard rock outfit. With Ouroboric Trances, they break their past selves through a heavier, dirtier and overall bigger sound.
New sounds inspired by bands such as Pallbearer, Monolord, early Mastodon, Baroness, Electric Wizard and Dopelord, mark a new beginning in their history, striving now to quench their heavy-riff thirst.
Ouroboric Trances was released on May 10th, 2019 on Vinyl, CD and digital platforms through the world renowned Italian label Aural Music, well known for being one of the top labels in scouting and discovering new talent all around the globe.
The band was set to play their first US show in March 2020, at the Stoner Jam during SXSW, but the COVID-19 pandemic had all plans cancelled. This became an opportunity for the band to regroup and start writing new music for their next release. Along this process, the idea of creating a record label came to fruition. This became Cognitive Discordance Records. Memorial (B-Sides) was released in October 2020. This was the first release for the label.
They recently finished a Split alongside Aural label mates TEL, which will be released via Electric Talon Records (USA) in August 2021. They also participated in their first virtual US fest, Mutants of the Monster, alongside bands such as Telekinetic Yeti, -16-, Yakuza, Sunrot, and more. It was premiered on January 1st and 2nd, via the Arkansas Times YouTube page. Currently, the band is working on their sophomore album, aimed to be released in 2023.
Formed in 2015, Niamh is an alternative metal band hailing from Italy drawing from influences such as Metallica, Linkin Park, and DarkThrone. Their first full length album, Corax, dropped in 2016 and was then followed by a second full length 2019 release entitled SuperSonic. Drawing on their initial influences, Niamh decided to spice things up with their 2019 release, adding elements of electronic music and describing their sound as a more introspective sound which landed somewhere between Depeche Mode and Cannibal Corpse.
Despite the band's relatively young age, they have achieved a level of success that is not too common for young bands these days- traveling abroad all throughout Europe, hitting the festival circuit, and opening for bands such as Placebo and Arch Enemy.
A Band with a Swedish dudes name? A guy doing solo Singer/Songwriter stuff, bearded and wearing only a lumberjack shirt? Sounds like but isn’t! Associations, Imaginations – all misleading! Lasse Reinstroem rather refers to a German sound-alike which translated means something like “let them run/flood in” and which is the common answer to the joke “Dude, you know what is the name of the Swedish Sex Minister?”.
And it’s the name of a fresh band from Dresden, Germany, who play a well-balanced mix of Blues, Stoner, Noise, Psychedelic and somewhere in between Kyuss, Mogwai, Isis and Ennio Morricone! A proper description would include Western atmosphere, Desert sound, ethereal, flickering Post Rock guitars, Vocals reaching from the early Mark Lanegan to a higher pitched Tom Waits, from howling lyrics to pissed-off, bored Storytelling and folksy rhythm to noisy, scream-fueled explosions (Howlin Wolf) and typical post-rock Jams (Steamroller) and Isis riffs played by Mogwai (Spitzke) flavoured with soundeffects.
With the release of their second full length studio album Seiches and Sirens and their appearance in the esteemed “Classic Rock Magazine” the groovy sexy viking funk doom rock trio Almost Honest have made quite a name for themselves. Born in New Cumberland, Pa in 2013 these cats have been bringing energetic and memorable live performances across the east coast. Shayne Reed lays down the thundering vocals and groovy guitar while Seth Jackson brings the funky rhythm with his bass. Lastly Quinten Spangler is the time keeper and beat god. Fans never leave a concert unsatisfied and with a sound as unique as there's, who can blame them? They have been featured in such publications as Classic Rock Magazine, Doomed & Stoned, and The Obelisk. They have cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with. This doom rock group have also played with such amazing acts as Revocation, Astronoid, and Moon Tooth. These guys are the ones you will want to keep your eyeballs on because they are carving there own piece of music funkery and they want you to be apart of the ride.
Philly-area Metal Trio consisting of Moe, Pretty Boy, and Thuds. Troll Teeth, in one form or another, has been bringing devastatingly heavy riffs to the masses since 2012 and show no sign of stopping until everyone is crushed beneath the weight of their massive, down-tuned Doom.
Mike Matteson does everything. He plays all the instruments and writes all the music. He’s been in bands playing blues, punk, psych, sludge metal, indie, and balls-out rock and roll. And sometimes Mike Matteson is his own band, drumming with his feet while playing guitar and singing, like a magnificent one-man rock and roll wrecking ball of rock and roll. And, ladies, he’s single!
Moths are a Progressive/Stoner Metal band from San Juan, Puerto Rico that blends powerful riffs with unexpected and increasingly progressive undertones. The band was founded by Weslie Negrón (Bass), Jonathan Miranda (Lead Guitar), and Omar González (Rhythm Guitar) in 2016 with the later addition of Damaris Rodríguez (Vocals) and Daniel Figueroa (Drums). Moths released their debut, self-titled EP on November 2nd, 2018 gaining attention from important Non-Heavy Metal and Heavy Metal websites like Bandcamp, Heavy Blog is Heavy, Dead Rhetoric, among others. The band embarked on their first US tour with a short run in the North East area of the Mainland, where the band got a great response from the audiences. In June 2020, their track Adhara Ray was part of the ‘Stimulus Swim’ mixtape curated by Adult Swim, which had the band featured both in Adult Swim’s website and their TV programming. With Damaris’ aggressive but melodic vocals, Omar’s catch riffs, Jonathan’s unorthodox leads, Weslie’s solid bass lines, and Daniel’s extreme drumming, Moths creates a perfect balance between Heavy and cohesive music that will impact their listeners to a whole new level.