Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor
QAALM is the new Los Angeles based atmospheric doom metal band featuring Henry Derek (Act Of Defiance / ex-Scar The Martyr vocalist) on guitar, Harassor vocalist Pete Majors, and former Seven Sisters Of Sleep guitarist Brock Elmore.
Joining them in the band’s line-up are Christopher Jon (synths/keyboards), Etay Levy (drums/percussion), and David Huet (bass). In QAALM, the sextet create atmospheric, yet inevitably harrowing heaviness in the form of texturally expansive doom. Utilizing elements of sludge, black metal, and post-rock, the group incorporates baritone octaves, melodic overtones, and dissonant chords, each enriched with periodic ambient intensity.
The best way to experience the impassioned and oft times morosely brooding musicality of QAALM is a firsthand introduction. This is possible here by means of the band’s rather lengthy new demo composition, “Reflections Doubt”, streaming below and available as a NYP (Name Your Price) download HERE.
Epic and exceptional, the song’s grandiose display of multifaceted vocals include bold gutturals, as well as a piercing black metal style oration. It has been revealed that QAALM have a proper studio album in the works, along with several upcoming show announcements.