The Core Cave Dweller Team
Here's a little bit about us.
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.
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.
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.
Admin, Contact and Editor
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 - but he has a passion for the underground. 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.
Aaron Michael Kobes
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
Writers and Guest Writers
Outside of our core team, we have several writers and guest writers that submit reviews on a regular basis.
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.
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 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.
Alfred C. Key IV
Alfred Key is a musician who plays in the metal band Bullvine. He has written music and literature since the age of seventeen. He was first to write at fourteen when he read the book Night by Eli Weisel. The work inspired him to write dark works that portray the grizzly reality of the streets. At fourteen years old he was introduced to music with his first love being Led Zeppelin. He started writing for Cave Dweller Music when answering an online ad. Alfred works, lives and plays in the central coast and plans on making music and literature for sometime.
Carlos Mackenzie (A.K.A. Mack)
Amateur writer of poems and essays, amateur music reviewer in Fuzztlán (dedicated to Stoner, Stoner/doom, psych rock and sludge metal in Mexico), bass player in a Stoner band and a heavy rock/Stoner band, inveterate reader and he loves to take pictures. He loves all music with a good bass line: funk, punk, ska, classic rock, Stoner and all styles relative to the genre. Cat lover, poetry lover, he likes live music, food, beer, tequila and mezcal.
Keszia is a New Zealand based writer, reader, thinker, and all-around creative type. With a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Secondary - both specialising in English and Drama; she loves to work with words to help others better understand new experiences. Her high school years were filled with alternative rock & metal such as My Chemical Romance, Seether, Nickelback, 30 Seconds to Mars, and pop rock like Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco. Her musical horizon has since expanded to include genres like rap, blues/jazz, electronic, pop, and more.
“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.”
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.
Aside from Matt we have other editors that help out with the editing of our podcasts, their work is greatly appreciated.
These are the entities that we have an official partnership with and fully endorse.
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.
Labels, PR Firms and Individuals We Endorse
These are other labels, PR firms, and individuals that we trust, and endorse, show them some love.
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.
Other Sources That We Enjoy
Here are some of the sites/pages that we follow and you should too.
We Riff in a Society
Metal music and memes. Self described as a "SATANIC COMMUNIST ORGY OF CASTRATION"
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