About

I am a musician and writer living in Seattle, originally from Southern California. I play in several bands (with Draghkar being the main one- more on that below), and write music-related journalism for several websites. I also run a small record label called Nameless Grave Records. The purpose of this website is to collect all of my writing in one place, as well as keep an updated release of my various musical releases, additional work (layouting, guest musicianship), and label releases.

My active bands are, alphetically: Azath, Draghkar, Reaver, Serpent Rider

As I said above my main band is Draghkar, which is a sort of melodic black/death/heavy metal thing that’s sort of hard to describe- influences from bands like Trouble, Cartilage (Fin), Demigod, Mortuary Drape, Mercyful Fate, just a ton of stuff going in there. We put out a record last year on Unspeakable Axe Records that I’m really proud of, and it’s coming out on vinyl soon on Nuclear Winter Records.

Serpent Rider plays epic heavy metal mixed with some black metal and thrash, and it’s myself, my wife, and some friends having a really good time. Another one that’s hard to describe- influences from bands like Manowar, Brocas Helm, Varathron, Mortuary Drape, etc. Largely the same influences as Draghkar but stripping out completely the death metal. New material and big news coming soon!

Azath is a side band with longtime buddies, and we put out an album last year on Pulverised Records from Singapore. Hyper-speed death metal.

Reaver is a little two-man project (won’t call it a band) with my good friend Andrew, who also plays in Azath and who has in the past played in many other bands with me. This one is just a straight tribute to the old Swedish death metal scene. Demo came out this year on cassette and is coming out as well on 7″ via Pulverised Records and my label.

I have in the past also played in Skullsmasher, Grave Spirit and Ghul. I left Skullsmasher after their first full length album to focus on my other bands, and Ghul and Grave Spirit have since broken up.

I currently write for Invisible Oranges and for Ride Into Glory. I have in the past written for Toilet Ov Hell , Howling Flesh (my previous blog, now deceased) and Fetid Dead.

I also have a print zine, The Highway Corsair, which focuses specifically on high-quality, long interviews with mostly (but not exclusively) death metal bands on full-sized and full-color professionally printed paper. You can find those here. Current issue: #2.

Nameless Grave Records release list
List of all of the releases from my bands

Website background image taken without permission from the Mark of the Beast inner artwork. If you are a former member of Manilla Road, represent Jim Fitzpatrick, or were part of Monster Records and want it changed, let me know.

Contacts:

Music coverage- highwaycorsair@gmail.com

Label – namelessgraverecords@gmail.com

My music – draghkarband@gmail.com

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