Wardenclyffe (Doom Metal) - Sweden

Wardenclyffe is a Swedish band (formed 2011) with influences from the doom/thrash sound from the early 90s as well as hard rock from the 70s and 80s. “Imagine a mix of early Paradise Lost, Celtic Frost, and Samael - musically more in the doom arena but the vocals can intertwine melancholic despair and growling death.” (Eternal Terror). The band is named after the Serbian inventor and genius Nikola Tesla’s experimental facility in New York. The name is connected to the general thematic approach with thought-provoking lyrics about the connection between world politics, science, religion, occultism, transhumanism, and Artificial Intelligence; well researched by Jacob himself (who has a Ph.D. in Technology and Social Change). “One can tell that the band leader Jacob Nordangård is an academic, the lyrics are very intelligent and challenging.” (kultursidan.nu)

In the summer of 2012 Nordangård got an idea. He was about to defend his doctoral thesis (Ordo Ab Chao – The Political History of Biofuels in the European Union) and wondered if anyone had ever released a thesis with a soundtrack before. He guessed it was unusual and as the opportunity would never come back he decided to include a recording by Wardenclyffe. Irish artist Elaine Ni Cuana was hired to do the cover for the double release. It was probably the first doctoral thesis in the world with a doom metal cover. The promo/soundtrack received a lot of praise. German magazine Rock Hard elected it the demo of the month in July 2013.

Wardenclyffe entered Studio Underjord in July 2014 for the recording of “Control All Delete”. In August 2014 a deal was signed with German Ván Records. Solo guitarist Robert Karlsson (Misericordia) joined the band some months later. The album was released in January 2015 at a very special multi-event show (theatre, exhibition, slide-show, flower arrangements, tesla-coil demonstration etc.). Before the event a specially designed scrap sculpture The Tesla Staff was delivered to the band by the artist Henrik Lunde-Björk. “The Tesla Staff looks like a weapon, just over two meters high. From the jagged forks flashing fire could be able to spray.” (Kultursidan.nu). The album was highly acclaimed in the press and was followed up by appreciated performances at festivals like Hell over Hammaburg and Muskelrock. “It is too early to nominate an album of the year list, but for me it is the first known.” (Metal Fan.nl)

The single “The Omega Point” was recorded at Studio Underjord in September 2015 and was released in December 2015. Preparations for the next full length album started shortly thereafter. The upcoming Temple of Solomon album aims to take the listener on an adventure that warns of the horrors of a technocratic megalomaniac regime but also predict that their sinister plan will ultimately fail. It will be released together with a book that lays out the whole story about the songs on the album. The first single Georgia Guidestones/Evilution was released together with Jacob Nordangårds book The Global Coup D'etat in December 2020. A book that describes the ongoing efforts by global elites to digitize the world and cybernetically alter the human being in order to ”save the world”.

"Looking for the Green Fairy" Single Review
The track starts off with haunting melodic instrumentation before erupting with a wall of sound. The first verse is brooding with Doom Metal ooze as it glides along with its riffs and vocals. The chorus features swirling riffs as well as its melodic vocals soaring with confidence. The bridge contains stellar guitar work and adds that dynamic layer to really help the track shine even further. The ending continues with the top notch guitar solo, pushing the track even further into masterpiece territory.

Enter the Doom Metal wilderness with Wardenclyffe via their "Looking for the Green Fairy" single.

-Interview- (9/29/21)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Wardenclyffe" and is there any meaning behind it?

I started playing in bands then I was a teenager. The influences was mainly The New Wave of British Heavy Metal and the emerging Thrash Metal Scene. The sound of Wardenclyffe has been inspired from all metal and hard rock that I grew up with. Mix 1970s Scorpions and Black Sabbath with early 90s doom metal bands like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride and add a flavour of Dead Kennedys and you get the special Wardenclyffe-sound.

Wardenclyffe is the name on inventor Nikola Teslas research facility in New York there he experimented with wireless transmission of electricity. It connects to my own research as a Ph.D on the politics of energy.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

I want it to inspire to act against the abuse of power. But also that the riffs and melodies will get people hooked.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

See above (question 1).

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Samael, Coroner and Voivod.

5. How has Covid affected what you do as a band?

It has disturbed our chances to play live but got us time to record a killer album. The song Georgia Guidestones/Evilution is a direct answer to the things that has happened in the wake of the pandemic its refrain: ”Devil Bill and the Gates of Hell”.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Doom Metal?

We live in what can be described as the Apocalypse so Doom har never had a more prominent role to fill. It is the soundtrack of our times.

7. What’s the current music scene like in Sweden?

A big scene with a lot of talented bands. I especially love Tribulation. But I guess most bands has been around for a long time. Young people tend not to get into forming bands any more.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

We are not in it for the money. That I can tell you. It will take a long time to earn any money. The streaming revolution destroyed those possibilities, My book sales as an author pays the activities of the band at the moment.

9. What’s next for Wardenclyffe?

We will release on song per month until February 22d 2022. I also give a lecture and explain the content and meaning behind each song once a month. Next time will be at Café Sten Sture in Stockholm October 22d. These events are filmed and can be viewed on our Youtube-channel.

10. Any shoutouts?

Listen to what we have to offer. You won’t regret it.