· Administrators ·
Co-owner / Literary and Cultural Administrator / News / Journalist
I have been with Heathen Harvest (in its original incarnation and now) since June of 2006. I was once the PR Representative for the Webzine but now have decided to focus my time on building Heathen Harvest into a new entity, focused as much on culture, literature and other artistic and social endeavors as it is music. Where most people specialize in listening to music from a specific genre in the post-industrial spectrum, my tastes include the entirety of it, from the most distasteful and political power electronics and noise to the most beautiful and delicate neoclassical. Trip hop to Death Industrial and Neofolk, I love it all. I am a heathen and I struggle with putting my political alignments into words as I learn and evolve as often as any healthy person should. My favorite authors are Ernst Jünger, Barry Lopez and Joscelyn Godwin, with a nearly obsessive love for poetry by Robinson Jeffers. A short list of more personal information about me can be found below.
Co-owner / Public Relations / Promotional Receptionist / Journalist
My duties include receiving and publishing news articles and announcements at Heathen Harvest. If you are looking to have your newsletter or news announcements posted at Heathen Harvest please submit them to me. In edition if you would like to have Heathen Harvest publish a regular newsletter or announcement that you produce then please contact me for details on how to sign up Heathen Harvest. If you have comments on a news story or you would like to submit a correction I am your man.
Over the years Raul A. has been actively involved in the Post-Industrial sub-culture as an event DJ and promoter for numerous shows in New York City. His written work has appeared in Judas Kiss, Aversion Online, Not Like Most, and in promotional material for Annihilvs and Tesco USA. He is the Technical Director of the Church of Satan‘s official radio network, Radio Free Satan, and the producer of Chaos Sedated, one of the longest running Post-Industrial online radio programs. He currently resides in San Diego, CA.
I am an extreme music photographer, writer and restless spirit based in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. I am driven by music (main preferences include: black/death/doom metal, martial industrial & neofolk) and devoted to travel above all else – as I try to channel a combination of both in my written and visual work. I find solace and inspiration in nature in times of creative roadblocks & firmly believe in occasional separation from the monotony of the modern world.
· Journalists ·
“The most appropriate type of daily life for me was a day-by-day world destruction; peace was the most difficult and abnormal state to live in.”
A Scotsman, I came across Heathen Harvest just as I was preparing to finish university, whereupon it became a place of refuge from having to face a job market whose prospects for a student of the humanities can perhaps best be described as ‘dystopian’. I was born on the 3rd of December 1990, which, in a cute bit of synchronicity, is a birthday I share with Ozzy Osbourne. To me, heavy metal is not music so much as an alternative to protein as nourishment. I’m a nerd who defies a few of the usual negative stereotypes about nerds and confirms most of the others. I believe criticism is only of value to a reader if one is able to gauge their own tastes against those of the critic, so with that in mind: my favourite album is “The Perfect Element, Pt. 1″ by Pain of Salvation, my favourite movie is “Blade Runner”, and my favourite novels are “Moby-Dick”, Dan Simmons’ “The Hyperion Cantos”, and Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson’s “The Illuminatus! Trilogy”.
Freelance journalist and full-time copywriter from hell, teaching Sound Art.
I am Ankit from India, a budding journalist, extreme music fanatic and art enthusiast. I also host the only extreme metal radio show from India, called as ”Infernal Dominion” which is aired on Brutal Existence Radio, USA. My favorite styles of music are death, black, doom metal and dark ambient, ritual ambient and some noise/power electronics in the non-metal domain.
Motion: Thought, travel, touring and nature.
Art: Observing/experiencing. Creator of illustrations, paintings, installations and performance pieces.
Music: Listener/record collector, spectator/show goer, song writer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Metal: death, doom, black, dark and thrash. Rock: kraut, prog, psych, hard, classic, glam, death, art, garage, punk and post-punk. Waves: NWOBHM, no, dark and cold. Industrial: martial, rock, metal, EBM. Neo-folk, freak folk, classical, opera, ambient, shoegaze, experimental, noise and blues.
Words: Writing all sorts of things every day. Reading novels, philosophy (particularly by French authors), some poetry, the newspaper and books on anthropology.
Cody Drasser is a visual artist, musician and owner of the Peacock Window Recordings imprint. He has been passionately listening to and making music for over 25 years, focusing mostly on the death metal and ambient/experimental/noise genres. He is a founding member and guitarist of the NY death metal group Afterbirth, one of the originators of the brutal death metal style from the early 1990’s; their classic demo (1994) was re-released by Pathos Productions in late 2013. Cody releases ambient solo material under his own name and, along with Ben Roe Jr., creates droning noisescapes in the group Caulbearer. Cody’s visual artwork has been shown in numerous galleries in the NY area and graces private art collections. His art and graphic design has been featured on many demo/album covers. Beyond music and art, Cody has also devoted most of the last decade to studying and instructing yoga. He lives in Long Island, NY with his wife and their parrot Zydeco.
I am from Decatur, Illinois where I have spent most of my life walking through cornfields,woodland areas and alongside rivers. I used to play guitar in various black and death metal bands but have since fallen in love with more acoustic sounds, ritualistic drumming, and electronics. In my free time I enjoy writing music, stories, and thoughts on a variety of topics as well as spending large amounts of time outdoors in the wilderness. I also enjoy reading various works of literature, philosophy, politics (both philosophy and theory), mythology, and history as well as all things occult and esoteric.
I’m a cyber-security student from Ohio. I enjoy collecting media (particularly old photos), consuming said media, and tinkering with electronics. I spend most of my time parsing online forums and sleeping. I feel horribly new to the experimental scene. My first contact with local DIYers was going to a 2011 harsh noise wall show without any prior knowledge of noise as an artform. My taste in music changes rather frequently. For now, I’m into black metal, harsh noise, hardcore, sludge, screamo, modern classical, antique folk, and jpop (whoops). I’ve recently been focusing on ambient, minimal techno and IDM. The handle Custom was developed after clicking random article on Wikipedia.
When he’s not wrangling sharks off the coast of South Australia, David wrangles his two beautiful children and the required equipment for various musical salvos: solo with heavy electronics and dark ambient project Isomer, dirty noise/power electronics unit Rope Society, and as a member of lounge industrial gadflies Bordel Militaire.
At an early stage, I was drawn to the unconventional sound of 80s synthpop, but found it lacking an edge. My first contact with the electronic underground came with FLA’s Tactical Neural Implant – an album that took me down a road I still travel. EBM was my first love, and from L.A.’s Das Bunker and Kontrol Faktory, I eventually found my way to the realms of dark ambient, ambient, drone, IDM, and related experimental electronic music. My journalism and broadcasting training gave me experience, and my desire to provide exposure for the music led me to begin writing reviews. My aim is to provide objective information about each release, while doing my best to explain why I think it works….or doesn’t, as the case may be.
HD Atkinson lives in Western Canada, where he divides his time between work, writing, playing death metal and drinking with his roommates.
Based in southern British Columbia, I am a musician and writer who is always in search of something greater than day-to-day life. I enjoy things like archaic audio technology, a broad spectrum of literature, walking through forests, consuming fine alcoholic substances with like minded comrades and ruminating on the surely approaching “end times.” I also run the “Shadow of the Stone” record label in hopes of lending support to my local musical community. I hope to be able to share some of my passions through this writing opportunity and perhaps help others down their own pathway in some small way.
J.M. Da Silva first stared into the sun in Uppsala, Sweden and has since lived in Brazil, Chile, Argentina,Hawaii and New York. His introduction to music and underground culture began at age 15 with hardcore/punk, straight edge, and anarchist politics. He currently runs Fabrica Records, an independent experimental record label, and records/performs as Luciernaga. He currently calls the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY: “home”.
Jacurutu:99 will accept responsibility for such filth as Linear Mathematics In Infinite Dimensions: (or the man who fell to earth), The Alpha:1989 series, Alphaaa:Blue 2012 -the rise, fall and inevitable rebirth of Jacurutu23, Alex The Planet and other Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children and appears within ‘CUT UP! An Anthology Inspired by the Cut-Up Method of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin’. Founded the One True Topi Tribe alongside friend and mentor, Genesis P-Orridge. J99 is also adapting several of his books to the comic book format including the anthology comic “Serpent Cube K. Recently released by Oneiros Books is the semi-autbiographical “Prepare to Become Fictional.”
Starting in 1979 with a newly found interest in electronic music and quite a few subsequent trips to the legendary epicenter of US industrial, Wax Trax! Records in Chicago, I’ve been pursuing electronic, gothic, industrial, ambient and hosts of other post-new wave styled music for as long as I care to remember. Inspired in that time, I jumped into electronic music, buying gear and running the microlabel Arts Industria for nearly 10 years, along the way publishing an industrial music zine called Arc and releasing various CD compilations of underground industrial bands. Wax Trax! introduced me to Laibach and NSK, which I have actively followed since around 1986, proudly owning an NSK Passport and having my art accepted at the First Citizen’s Congress in 2010.
In the late 1990’s I stopped composing and dropped out of the scene. Since then, I have regrouped with my project Epoch revisiting old friendships and starting new ones. While I still appreciate the roots that the Wax Trax! era gave me, I’m currently planted in the martial genre, whether it’s neoclassical or industrialized. However, if you call me an old rivet-head, I won’t be offended.
I am originally from the Sunshine State, and now reside in the fog belt of San Francisco, California. I discovered Heathen Harvest in the summer of 2013, and it has since become a regular listing in my browsing history. My taste in music covers multiple genres, however, I am enamored with Post-punk, Gothic rock, and various forms of Darkwave. I enjoy discussing politics, history, dystopian literature, and alternative living with zeal and intensity. For me, the genres within the post-industrial underground create an astute artistic and ideological observation of the contemporary collapse of global finance and infrastructure. The importance of nature and expanded consciousness are just some of the factors that led me to explore the post-industrial underground. I look forward to seeing the scene grow, and to observe how it will change as modernity continues its decline.
Kirill is a Russian living in Australia; desolate landscapes and alcohol are thus twice as prominent in his thinking. He is interested in history, literatutre and philosophy yet for some reason is trying to get a job in the public service or defense. Also enjoys Krav Maga, kettlebells and strategy games.
Malachy’s musical journey began whilst recovering in bed from a bout of Cancer. Strumming away on a Mandolin and exploring folk styles to accompany. This lead to a musical world opening up that not only contributed to his illness healing but his mind and passion for music. Mal covers all Folk styles from Metal to Classical. He hasn’t put the Mandolin down and probably never will. He believes he would be more successful on stage if he kept homing pigeons.
Mat Blackwell is a multi-award-winning professional writer for TV (‘Good News Week’, ‘The Glass House’, ‘Wednesday Night Fever’, etc), who doesn’t actually watch TV. He is a reclusive troglodyte who spends almost every spare moment creating unpopular music in a variety of guises (‘GRIST’, ‘The Horn’, ‘HAARK’, etc), with the remaining few moments spent parenting, and trying to be a decent person. His musical tastes range subjectively across all spectra, from drone noise to abstract metal to Turkish hiphop to ultraminimalism to outsider pop to glitch electronica to blackened field recordings to novelty songs about chickens – and everything in between.
“Xe”, perhaps they, rarely guy – movement, (martial) dance, discipline – we are a drifting lover taken by humanity’s violence, im/mergence (of thought), and the provocation of invisibility and stillness.
I am a librarian and researcher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My primary interests involve artistic and philosophical critiques of the modern world. I am a truth-seeker and a lover of dangerous and challenging ideas. My foremost desire is wisdom. I believe that life is a struggle. We can choose to face the struggle and find joy, or try to flee and find misery. I see the emergence of post-industrial culture as signifying a necessary and inevitable transformation of human consciousness; that it is not merely a group of artists and thinkers, but a manifestation of unrest and rebellion against malevolent forces. I enjoy martial music, neofolk, and power electronics.
Nicholas Diak is an American scholar of both Italian genre film studies and of neofolk/martial music, genres of music he’s been passionate about since 2004. He has been a presenter at the Popular Culture/American Culture Association conference since 2009, presenting on topics from bad Italian spy films to the work of Antonio Margheriti. Currently he is working on more essays for inclusion in future anthologies and journals. He lives in southern California with his pop culture scholar girlfriend and three cats and can be found reading comic books, collecting pinup artwork, or trying to cook new dishes. His essays and other work can be found at nickdiak.com and heiligetod.com.
While nearly endlessly positive and upbeat, I also unfortunately tend to be misanthropic. I’m a father, musician, aural masochist, and DIY enthusiast.
I love harsh noise. I like power electronics. And metal. And 60s french girl pop. And cunt. And lots of other stuff. I’m a visual artist and I’ve been playing noise for quite a few years now. I’m Italian but I live on a dick-shaped thing in the middle of a fjord.
I know not where I was born, save that the castle was infinitely old and infinitely horrible, full of dark passages and having high ceilings where the eye could find only cobwebs and shadows. The stones in the crumbling corridors seemed always hideously damp, and there was an accursed smell everywhere, as of the piled-up corpses of dead generations. It was never light, so that I used sometimes to light candles and gaze steadily at them for relief, nor was there any sun outdoors, since the terrible trees grew high above the topmost accessible tower. There was one black tower which reached above the trees into the unknown outer sky, but that was partly ruined and could not be ascended save by a well-nigh impossible climb up the sheer wall, stone by stone. I like Adventure Time, ‘orrible, uncomfortable sounds, cake and otters.
I’m a shitkicker and a thief, and I want to be famous.
I do not know why I am here, nor is this of any concern. I am simply here, and being here I shall be here, not else where, for that would not be where I am at. Where I am at leads I to many paths, and I will walk those paths as long as they are necessary. I am merely I, which is both a grandiose concept and an inconsequential myopic voice in this vast abyss. I accept this paradox.
A Tennessean by way of Indiana, by way of Maryland, I have been writing since I was young, and listening to experimental music for nearly as long. Until fairly recently, it never occurred to me to combine the two. I have an academic background in anthropology, with a focus on Slavic, Mongolian, and indigenous Siberian cultural traditions, but gave up on an opulent life in academia so I could listen to power electronics and write bad novels. I should probably be putting more time and effort into my solo and collaborative musical projects, but for now I spend a lot of time listening to foreign radio broadcasts while I stare blankly into space, and way too much time thinking about history, tradition, religion, and Arctic exploration.
S. L. Weatherford: Cincinnatian, Trouble-maker, Over-achiever, Tinkerer, Musician, Instinctive, Irish/English/Cherokee, Defiant. Fuck the fascists, Fuck the anti-fascists, Fuck the misanthropes.
They call me Skarsnik, a crowkin, a wanderer, a seeker and an oath sworn trickster. For a long time I’ve wandered the northern parts of Scandinavia searching for the magic that the cityheads lost when they embraced the machine. I hail from the mountain of rock and clay that towers above the beautiful lake Siljan but have since wandered throughout Sweden in search for knowledge and strength. With a crafty mind and a soul that have always been more bird then man I embrace my wild heart in the woodland suburbs of the capital of Sweden. Even though I long for the freedom of the mountains where I was born the machine needs to be destroyed and who else but a scavenger can last in this wreck of life we call civilisation. The call is always there, the wild heart is burning bright and my oath to the horned king is strong. A barbarian trapped in the maze of civilised men, a trickster piping doom to the fools in the city, a teller of tales long since forgotten. One day I will return, one day I will be reshaped and hopefully this misshapen shape of man will be returned to the lords of the unknown.
Musician and artist. Born in arctic Norway. Forte: Industrial culture and related underground anti-social expressions.
A collector and critic, stubborn yet foolish, Vils has fallen victim to the charms and challenges of electronic music. He can obsess over one specific sonic detail, and he can get lost in a nebula of blissed-out ambience. Vils promises to always stay true to the source, and not fall victim to passing fads and fashions. He is either based in the suburban wilderness of Richmond Hill, Ontario, or in the centre of the Arctic tundra.
A Hellene, dedicated to reading, music, geopolitics and… backgammon. Personal fields of interest are esoteric studies, particularly esoteric Eastern Christianity, Pythagorean / Platonic philosophy and Western mystical traditions. Music has been a great companion as long as I can remember myself (ranging from ambient, neofolk and martial industrial to classical, neo-classical and avant garde with hints of prog rock and pop in between to spice things up). I’m also the one-half of the Neofolk Greece Facebook page