About Cave Dweller Music


Cave Dweller Music began in June 2020 when James and Matt decided to make a closed music group on Facebook to share music with their friends. 

Initially, it wasn't anything serious and was called Not Your Grandfathers Music Posting Group. Soon a page came to join it by the same name. 

Over the coming months, the page exploded and it was decided that the name and brand had to change to something more serious and Cave Dweller Music was born.

Growth didn't stop there and we had to bring Brendan on as an editor to keep up with how much content we were receiving. Now we have plenty of projects in the works, including brewing our own beer and setting up our own interview-based podcasts. 

We look forward to what the future holds, so follow us to see where we go from here. 

The Core Cave Dweller Team 

Here's a little bit about us.

James Sweetlove

Admin, Primary Contact and Founder (California, USA)

James was born in South Africa but spent most of his life living between New Zealand and Australia and now calls California home. He comes from a sales, advertising, and government background and has a bachelor's in anthropology and history and a post-grad in political science. He is currently working in the music industry as a live online event producer and event advertising director. He has loved alternative and extreme music for over 15 years. This is not his first writing gig, having formerly managed a successful travel blog, which he traded in to pursue a more musical direction. James is also one of our two brewers (the more junior of the two). He listens to an ungodly amount of music ranging from death, black and doom metal to dark ambient, folk punk, reggae, hip hop, and dark country, and just about everything in between. 


Matt Lynch

Admin and Podcast Tech (Queensland, Australia)

Matt has had a long career being a serial pest across a number of platforms, having spent many years working in radio, running podcasts, working on music and zines (R.I.P Too Fat to Skate and TBC Mag), and generally being involved in local music scenes. You could find him several glass pies deep trying to sell art from someone he’d only met that night at exhibitions or in the same state yelling over barriers at shows before launching his dumb ass off the stage. He's been writing reviews and interviewing bands long enough to call it a career though without the money to show for it. Music isn't his only passion, being an obsessive reader with interests in politics, philosophy, and history. The man has hosted graveyard shift radio shows playing whatever tickled his extensive fancy, new release country music, and breakfast radio with all the pop hits, and everything in between. Now It’s time to go back to his bread and butter; focusing on alternative and extreme music.


Brendan Smith

Admin and Head Brewer (Connecticut, USA)

Brendan is a career chef by trade with over 17 years of professional cooking under his belt, he has two children with his wife living in CT. Brendan is a man of many hobbies like BMX biking and getting involved with live shows passing out flyers for new events or local bands and venues just to help out, he got involved with heavy music as a teenager getting into the hardcore/punk and metal scene in the New England region where his DIY attitude came from, as he got older he took up home brewing and has been doing so for the last six years, and happens to be Cave Dweller's brewmaster. Writing is a recent passion, but one that he has taken to quickly and plans to plenty more of. 


Writers and Guest Writers 

Outside of our core team, we have several writers and guest writers that submit reviews on a regular basis.

Will J

Writer

Will is a freelance writer and recruiter based in London, UK. Having grown up listening to hardcore and punk in his teens, he slowly developed a passion for all music of the heavy variety, in particular doom, sludge, black, and drone metal. Along with Cave Dweller Music, he also writes his own blog Wolves In The Drone Doom, as well as for The Sleeping Shaman, VM Underground and Nuclear Gore. He is a guitarist/vocalist for experimental doom metal band Bloodswamp and bassist for black metal band Skullthrone. He also still loves hardcore.


Yari Wildheart

Writer

Yari's passion for music extends to his professional life as an advocate for freedom of expression in legal & political scholarship. His tastes in music (from hip hop to opera, to punk, pop, and even obscure patriotic songs from central Asia) are not unlike the influences on the progressive and experimental metal he loves and reviews for Cave Dweller Music - difficult to narrow down. These tastes are why Yari was brought on to join the team.


Nick Mkhl

Guest Writer

Nick has been listening to metal since his early teens, constantly listening to a wide variety wherever he went. Whether it be in the war-torn streets of Tripoli, Lebanon, the Northern beaches of Morocco or on top of a mountain in Morayshire, Scotland. Nick listens to the classics a lot and tries to understand their magic while also branching out his horizons towards new sounds and styles. He runs the label Hessian Firm, while also playing in a few bands like Kepler and Sic Semper Tyrannis.


Official Partners

These are the entities that we have an official partnership with and fully endorse. 

Hessian Firm

Record Label/Review Site

A collective of passionate musicians, writers, artists, and music aficionados united by their shared passion for Metal music and the surrounding culture. Both a label and music review site. These guys were Cave Dweller Music's first official partner, back when we were still Not Your Grandfather's. 

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Facebook

Bigcartel


Misanthropik Records 

Record Label/Social Media Agency

Not for profit record label and media agency that eats, sleeps, and breathes metal. These guys are a true metal family and we are glad to be a member of it. Also our partner in beer, with Cave Dweller brewing a custom batch for the label. 

Website

Facebook


Labels, PR Firms and Individuals We Endorse

These are other labels, PR firms, and individuals that we trust, and endorse, show them some love. 

Aesthetic Death


UK based underground label, specializing in metal and dark ambient music. 

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Website

Trepanation Recordings


Record label for extreme and experimental metal and dark sounds.

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Bandcamp


Cursed Monk Records 


A DIY record label based out of the West of Ireland. Releasing all forms of dark musical esoterica.

Facebook

Website

Forbidden Place Records


An art and music label that focuses on underground and experimental works.

Facebook

Bandcamp

Handstand Records


DIY record label, distro & mailorder started by Will Cole in 2000, currently straddled between DC and NY. 

Facebook

Website

Sludgelord Records 


Digital label partnering with The Sludgelord blogspot releasing doom / sludge / stoner / post metal & everything else.

Facebook

Bandcamp

Farmadelica Sound


A full-service recording studio and label that provides a warm, inviting atmosphere to create without restriction.

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Website

Dying Victims Productions


Underground heavy metal label that deals with multiple styles. Releases on all formats, big selection of u/g titles in the distro.

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Website

Bandcamp

Moribund Records


Extreme metal label and distro, specialising in black metal, death metal, doom metal, grind and heavy metal.

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Website

20 Buck Spin


A record label  located in Olympia, Washington. Operating since 2005. Focused on heavy and dark music.

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Website

Bandcamp

Iommium Records


Independent record label based in Sydney. Specialising in limited edition doom, sludge, and stoner releases. 

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Bandcamp

Transcending Obscurity Records

A large record label, webzine and PR community hosting over 50 bands and offering both physical and digital releases. Established in 2005. 

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Dewar PR


Dewar PR is a hard rock/metal public relations/marketing agency working with bands and labels globally.

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Website

Trespasser PR


An artist and a PR personnel under one moniker, creating artworks, photography, and related designs by commission, handling public relations and copy-writing for artists, bands, and labels.

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Qabar PR


A public relations/marketing agency based in South Asia and Germany. Work with with independent bands and labels around the world.

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Website

Nicholas Turner


Multi-instrumentalist, mixer & producer. Involved in countless projects including Nothing is Real, Obsidian Hooves and  Feral Lord.

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Bandcamp

Other Sources That We Enjoy

Here are some of the sites/pages that we follow and you should too.

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Machine Music


Music recommendations; self-important, narcissistic interviews; rants; emotional breakdowns. Established 2010. 

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Website

Grizzly Butts


Heavy/Extreme Metal and Video Game Reviews, editorials, lists, and historical deep dives into sub-genres.

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Website

Angry Metal Guy


Angry, metal and opinionated reviews and interviews.

Facebook

Website

Doomed and Gloomed 


The most serious weekly release roundup, music tips, gig photos and news from the underground music scene.

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Website

We Riff in a Society


Metal music and memes. Self described as a "SATANIC COMMUNIST ORGY OF CASTRATION"

Facebook

Heavy Blog Is Heavy


Heavy Blog (Is Heavy) is a blog dedicated to heavy music and all its friends, featuring metal news, reviews, interviews, and other nincompoopery.

Facebook

Website

No Clean Singing


Band features, album reviews, interviews, concert reviews, metal news, humor, Northwest Metal Calendar, occasional observations about the non-metal world.

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Website

Caveman Grind


A page about local Florida Bands and Artists.

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The Sonic Void


A steady stream of everything from the underground heavy scene, including but not limited to stoner, doom and heavy psych.

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