"2013", "aosoth", "beastmilk", "crystal viper", "cultes des ghoules", "curse and chapter", "enforcer", "hell", "in solitude", "magister templi", "metal", "otargos", "review", "thou art lord", "tribulation", "white skull", "wormed"

In Review of 2013

2013 seems to have worked in reverse of how my years have gone in the past. Usually, I start a new year off feeling pretty energized and stoked about life, and then progressively throughout the year my mood just deteriorates into a blackened gelatinous goo of depression and self-loathing. But this year, things started off ultrafuckingshitty, and then only gotten better with each passing month. So I'm actually pretty psyched right now, woo!

I think this is due to a combination of a few very important things. First of all, for the first time since I moved to Kansas City a couple years ago, I've actually started to like this place. I moved to a different part of town, and it's really quite shocking just how much better I feel about life now that I'm simply in a nicer area (you should have seen where I was before...fucking urban wasteland).

I've also had the pleasure of meeting tons of great new people. Not since I was in college have I had such a consistent run of meeting, interacting with and even collaborating with so many great folks - not just online, but in the flesh as well! You all know who you are :)

Lastly, I think one thing that has helped my overall well-being is that I've made a conscious effort to spend less time in front of the god damned computer. So rather than focusing on digital art, I've tried to spend as much of my free time as possible just drawing with good old pen and ink. I had a few of my drawings printed as shirts that surprisingly sold really well, and even applied my efforts to doing commissioned pen and ink illustrations for the short film Corvus, two new logos for Lb. Brewing Co., a poster for a giant Halloween party in Kansas City, and a sticker for Skull Toaster. I've also got a few new pen and ink commissions lined up that I need to complete through January. Feels good!

So enough with the personal year in review, let's get down to the list of albums that really struck a chord with me this year and kept my blood pumping! I tell you what, 2013 was a fucking banner year for music in my book. But before the year end shenanigans begin, I'd like to give special thanks to...

Mom and Dad, Ryker, Erk, The Metalverse, Spencer Walker, Philip Tyson, Travis K, T-Schlit, Roger Strunk, Mandy, Brian S, my fellow Backlit overlord and partner in crime Josh HaunKyle Harcott, Jordan Campbell and everyone at Last Rites, Dan Lawrence, Dean Brown, Craig Hayes, Jaci RaiaZareen Price, Abbie Stutzer, Taka, Seth Werkheiser & Skull Toaster, Darcy Van Poelgeest, John Pata & Head Trauma Productions, Adam Bartlett & Gilead Media, Luke Franz, Ryan Stephenson, Ian Chainey, Adam Palm, Nick Schmidt, Dominic Flask, Chad McClure, JC Klecko Chris Redar, Josh Decker, Mary D, A Buritsch, S McKeon, Dart, Ethan, J Bazata, N Balda, everyone that purchased one of my shirts and everyone that digs what Backlit is all about. Cheers!

So let's get this party started, bitches...

"black", "blackened", "death", "doom", "metal", "playlist", "spotify", "thrash"

Blackened Metal Playlists on Spotify!

Attention lovers of all blackened varieties of metal! I've got a few Spotify playlists going if you'd like to subscribe! I also have tons more playlists, so feel free to add me and take a looksy. (Also, I have a new username now, so if you had added me in the past - you may need to add me again). And of course, if you have anything cool you'd like to share with me, please do. I love sharing music!

This is one of my all time favorite combination of metal genres. Nothing gets my blood pumping like some black thrash!

Featuring the likes of Absu, The Crown, Deströyer 666, Toxic Holocaust, Nekromantheon... and more!

Another favorite blend of mine. Death metal is great and all, but it's fucking incredible when it's smothered in blackness!

Featuring the likes of Angelcorpse, Azarath, Hacavitz, Kaamos, Verminous... and more!

If you're ready for bands that are just oozing with evil and not fucking around, this playlist is for you!

Featuring the likes of Arkhon Infaustus, Deiphago, Demoncy, Impious Baptism, Teitanblood... and more!


A Few More Playlists:

I'm keeping a running playlist of every metal album I can find that's being released this year that's available on Spotify! Subscribe!

Featuring the likes of Thorns, Dodheimsgard, Blacklodge and Stagnant Waters. Subscribe!

This is the new version of my previous ginormous black metal playlist on my old profile. All evil, all black, all metal! Subscribe!

"art", "backlit", "css", "design", "future", "interviews", "magazine", "metal", "poetry", "zine"

Backlit 1

Ladies and Gentleman,

Today, I am pleased to announce that we have launched the early 2013 edition of Backlit! The first time around was an exercise in experimentation and development. This time around, it's all about refinement and advancement. I'm thrilled to say that I really feel like we have taken the zine of the future to the next level! Big thanks to all my Backlit homies - and especially to my fellow Overlord Josh Haun

for his positive attitude, ongoing support and patience to allow us to really fine tune the design side of this beast into something we're all proud of!

Here's the info on the new issue.

Backlit / 1
Early 2013
Now available at

Cover Art by Christian Edler

Articles, Columns & Interviews:

Frayed Threads of Vanity / Kyle Harcott
Worship Black Twilight / Jordan Campbell
Interview With Wreck & Reference / Joshua Haun
Interview With Voivod / Joshua Haun
Midnight Ride of the Graveyard Mule / Jordan Campbell
Doomsday Device #2 / Joshua Haun
Raping Angels in America #2 / Joshua Haun
Libations in the Labyrinth Vol. 2 / Dan Obstkrieg
Beneath The Grime #1 / Jon Rosenthal
Progressive Regression / Jordan Campbell

Art & Fiction:
Perfume Virus / Jordan Krall
Interview With Christian Edler / Brandon Duncan & Philip Tyson


Joshua Haun
Brandon Duncan

Contributing Writers:

Joshua Haun
Jordan Campbell
Dan Obstkrieg
Kyle Harcott
Jon Rosenthal

Copy Editor:

Dan Obstkrieg


Brandon Duncan
Philip Tyson
Spencer Walker

"art", "demon prayers", "design", "gryzor", "menace", "metal", "thermit", "thrash", "toxom", "tridroid", "war maniacs", "warforger", "warsenal"

Thrash Sells... But Who's Buying?

I recently had the opportunity to do the artwork for an underground thrash compilation put together by Tridroid Records. Thrash is one of my all time favorite genres, so this was a blast! I really wanted to honor the legacy of all the greatest thrash bands in history but still create something new in the process. It's a mix of photography and illustration. I really want to do more metal covers!

The comp features 15 raw-as-fuck-ripping tracks from thrash bands all over the globe. It's available now on Tridroid's BandCamp page. And there will be physical copies soon!

Bang your head!!!

"black metal", "brainstorming", "creation", "guitar", "metal", "music production", "music", "noodling", "process", "recording", "riffing", "riffs", "songwriting", "thrashing", "writing", sound


Well the flu certainly put a bit of a damper on my productivity the past few days. Regardless, I was able to at least sit down and crank out some riffs. This time around I'm mostly playing in C#G#C#F#A#D#. Also began to play around with some clean channel stuff that I'm digging the vibe of. The cleans sound a lot better "in real life" than in these crappy little recordings, but it gets the ideas down.

I'm starting to get some ideas of some structuring, and a few drum beats are starting to play out in my head. I'm starting to hear a lot of potential for some pretty dark industrial beats and textures to accompany these riffs...

Going to start recording some of these guitar parts proper and play around with some drum beats and some song structuring tonight.

Here's the vid. As always, questions and comments are welcome!

And if you're interested, here's the previous two parts to this project:

Part 1

Part 2

"black metal", "brainstorming", "creation", "guitar", "metal", "music production", "music", "noodling", "process", "recording", "riffing", "riffs", "songwriting", "thrashing", "writing"


Here's a slew of new riffs I came up with the past couple days for my balls-to-the-wall album writing project. Lost some progress last night due to being hit like a freight train with the flu. But after sleeping for about 18 hours straight I got back at it late this afternoon.

So far a lot of what I'm coming up with is pretty slow and sludgy. I'm playing in Drop D with a capo on the first fret, so D#A#D#G#B#E#. I'm finding it provides for a lot of really dark and strange tones. Any questions or comments are welcome!

Also, if you missed it, the first part can be viewed

"black metal", "brainstorming", "creation", "guitar", "metal", "music production", "music", "noodling", "process", "recording", "riffing", "riffs", "songwriting", "thrashing", "writing"


I'm writing an album over the next few weeks and documenting the process as much as possible. I'm not trying to write anything legendary or blow any minds. It is simply a personal test to see what I can accomplish musically in a small amount of time.

What's the point of this? Having to complete an album in such a short amount of time forces me to write and act on instinct. I won't have time to over think, or barely think at all. I will have no choice but to write in an extremely primal and emotional manner.

So there you have it. I'm psychotic aren't I?

I'll be posting warts and all process videos and clips as frequently as I possibly can. So here we go, the first segment is below! In this first part you'll hear some initial riff ideas I came up with the past couple days that I'm pretty happy with. You'll also hear plenty of mistakes and guitar squawks. Let me know any thoughts, questions or anything else you might have in the comments below!

"ableton", "industrial", "metal", "music", "thrash"


After roughly two years, I have finally released my new album Inter-.  During the course of its writing and production I went from freelancing (aka starving to death) in Plainville Kansas, to starting a career in motion graphics and moving to Wichita, Kansas, and then switching jobs and moving again to Kansas City, Missouri. I also parted ways with a significant other, battled severe depression and started taking serious steps to improve my physical/mental health and lifestyle. A lot can happen in two years!

The album is available for your own price (even free if you choose!) over at BandCamp and thesequenceofprime.com. I hope you like it, but if not that's perfectly fine by me :)