About Cave Dweller Music


Cave Dweller Music first 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 a serious project, and we named it Not Your Grandfathers Music Posting Group. Soon a Facebook 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 and Yari on as admins to keep up with how much content we were receiving. We forged ties with Nick Mxhl and Hessian Firm as our first official partner as we continued to grow. We now maintain a growing roster of over a dozen writers and continue to seek more. 

We also have plenty of other ongoing projects, including brewing our own beer and  our  interview-based podcast series.

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

Lead 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 currently works in marketing and owns and operates the music PR company Cave Dweller Productions. He has loved alternative and extreme music for over 17 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, harsh noise, folk, punk, reggae, hip hop, ritual, industrial, dungeon synth 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. 


Yari Wildheart

Admin, Writer and Editor (Toowoomba, Australia)

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 quite broad, and difficult to pin down to any particular area. That means Yari often seeks new material and projects to broaden Cave Dweller's horizons, no matter the genre or style. Owing to his interests in history and world cultures, Yari is always looking for international bands to listen to and review - from Brazil, to Indonesia, to Kenya and anywhere earthly or beyond, he's interested.


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.


Sidney Davidson

Writer

I love history, movies, sports, and music of a great variety. I enjoy exploring a band's discography and finding rare releases, and I probably hoard physical media too much for my own good. I am happy to be a part of a community where I can discuss my more extreme music taste; a historian and researcher by education, I could spend hours talking about band discographies and history. Finding extreme music from unlikely sources is a thrill for me! Happily married to a supportive wife.


Aaron Michael Kobes

Writer

Amateur music reviewer, along with weird-fiction & high fantasy enjoyer and writer. Though he loves all music, from The Velvet Underground and Earth and Pillars to 70’s pop, he is most fond of the various underground scenes in extreme music, and is particularly fond of Dungeon Synth, that being the focus of his next creative endeavor under the moniker Sleepy Wizard. He is patiently awaiting the arrival of his first born with his Wife Haley, and his dog-R.E.O Speedpuppy, and two cats-Hatshepsut and Roo


Brian Lloyd

Writer

Brian is typically into prog metal and post-metal but leans into the avant-garde and tech death as well. He is an avid tabletop role player and collects comics, toys, board games and random other bits of gothy housewares. He loves that he gets to be a part of such a diverse and interesting group of music lovers who have such a wide variety of tastes, as his tastes in music tend to go from bands like Hum all the way to Cattle Decapitation. He has lived in the Detroit area his whole life, played music in the scene for over 20 years and has been reviewing music for the better part of 10.


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.


Jameson Hathaway

Guest Writer

“Being exposed to Tolkien at a young age and aspiring to break out in the realm of amateur sword and sorcery fiction, Jameson grew to feel at home in dark catacombs and perilous dungeons. Naturally this led to a chance encounter with the works of the artists known as fief and grimdor, from there a passion was born for the dungeon synth genre. Also a man with no shortage of opinions, he hopes to help expose the underground fringes of the genre to a wider audience.”


Nick 'Deshift' Alvarez

Guest Writer

Nick, or known to some as Deshift, is an amateur reviewer, writer, and general hoarder of music. Enjoying a wide variety of music from a young age, he has turned his love and passion for a vast assortment of irregular music and sound into a forum where he can give back with his thoughts. There is no one particular sound or genre that can contain him, there isn't much that would set him back. He started his own review site Runic Reviews, which mainly focuses on the darker side of his musical taste. He's now joined forces with Cave Dweller Music as a collaborative guest writer providing his take on different musical acts for others to read.


Podcast Editors

Aside from Matt we have other editors that help out with the editing of our podcasts, their work is greatly appreciated. 

Matt Snyder

Podcast Tech and Guest Writer

Snyder is a grizzled old guy from Toledo, Ohio who's been banging his head in bands since the early 90's. Currently he scratches his itch with the bands Hope Hole, Pandemaniac, and Mold Golem. Matt also contributes reviews for the site.


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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Labels, PR Firms and Individuals We Endorse

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

Trepanation Recordings


Record label for extreme and experimental metal and dark sounds.

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Cursed Monk Records 


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

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Website

Forbidden Place Records


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

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Bandcamp

Aesthetic Death


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

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Handstand Records


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

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Website

Sludgelord Records 


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

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Bandcamp

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

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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We Empty Rooms


A Melbourne, Australia based record label and screen printer. Releasing awesome music and making LPs, T-Shirts, Posters etc. since 2005.

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APF Records


An independent record label based in Salford, Greater Manchester specialising in all things heavy. Founded by Andrew Field during March of 2017.

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Bandcamp

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Armalyte Industries


A UK based label specialising in industrial and experimental electronic music, putting out music by both big names in the genre, as well as underground acts.

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Bandcamp

Iommium Records


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

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Bandcamp

Wise Blood Records


An artist-first heavy metal and punk label offering quality limited-run releases and streaming services. Their riffs are mean, but they're not. President is Sean Frasier.

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Bandcamp

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Desert Records


A record label based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, focusing on Desert Music from deserts around the world. Putting out desert rock, metal, psychedelic, doom and acoustic music.

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Bandcamp

Nicholas Turner


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

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Bandcamp

Pirahna Music


A Polish based label and booking agency based in Toruń specialising in Polish music, particularly stoner, doom and sludge. 

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Bandcamp

Sentient Ruin Laboratories


US based label specialising in harsh, experimental, boundary pushing music. Self described as "Denial of the human race through deviant analog audio forms."

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Bandcamp

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Petrichor


Petrichor releases quality bands, in a broad spectrum of music, physical formats and digital as well. Worldwide distribution is handled by Napalm Records.

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Give/Take


GIVE/TAKE is a boutique record label with locations both in the United States and Europe. They specialize in auteur-driven and experimental projects with an electronic approach.

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Moonlight Cypress Archetypes

A label owned and operated by Ryan Clackner, serving as an output for his countless musical projects. Specialising in experimental black metal fusion projects. 

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Bandcamp

Farmadelica Sound


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

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Blvsphemy Records


Blvsphemy Records is a Witch House label based out of Chicago founded in 2019. Specializes in the raw, heavy and industrial side of the Witch House genre, where we push all boundaries.

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Bandcamp

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

Morbid and Miserable Records


Record label and distro focusing on metal, punk, and other varieties of dark and heavy music

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Instagram

Bandcamp

Vargheist Records


Unique in sound, curating uncanny forms of Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore extreme music.

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Instagram

Bandcamp

Asher Media Relations 


AMR showcases & represents talented artists to all media outlets ranging from Print, Radio, Online & Television across Canada.

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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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Anubi PR


Anubi Press provides publicity for bands, labels and festivals.

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Website

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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Clawhammer PR


A full service music promotion and media relations company specializing in heavy metal and hard rock.

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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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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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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.

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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"

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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.

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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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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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Youtube

Wolves in the Drone Doom


Will J's (one of our writers) blog for writing about all the things he enjoys in Heavy music. He also be posts about stuff he write for other blogs/zines there too (including our site). 


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