IMAGE: Album cover for Never Stop Lovin.
Killick describes himself as creating Appalachian Trance Metal, a term unique to him. And a sound unique to him. As I listen to his music more, over time, those three descriptive words resonate.
First, Appalachian. New Jersey born, Killick has lived all along the Appalachian Trail, from Maine to Georgia. A section of the AT winds through Delaware Water Gap: deciduous forest, gray quartzite strewn trail, tumbling mossy boulder streams. Lovely, ancient, and peculiar to the mountain range that stretches along our east coast. Like me, he is often in the woods, wandering and exploring...someday soon we need to hike a few days on the trail together.
Second, Trance. If you are seeking a traditional western verse-chorus structure in his music, you will listen lost, confused. Instead listen as if you are inside a moment. Hours into a mountain hike, or staring into the flames of a campfire, or filling water bottles from a stream. His music is the sound that is left once language has fallen away. If you have ever experienced extended time in wilderness, you understand what I mean.
RT: Very interesting album. Almost like the sounds of nature.
KH: Thank you! That's a better assessment than I could imagine. It's funny that it takes so much technology to be so primal. PS: Walrus tracks 3 & 4.
Finally, Metal. There is always an edge in Killick's music. It is not restful, even deep in trance. A shared commonality with Tool, with metal as a genre. Industrial edge, bleeding through nature.
PHOTO: Kindred spirits. Walking the Delware Water Gap section last weekend.