Wickline / Under Fire

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An artist that has just come to my attention here in the recent months, Wickline is no stranger to the electronic music scene. His latest single, Under Fire just released today and I wanted to make sure that everyone got a chance to check it out. It's an aggressive blend of the industrial metal that I loved so much in the early 2000's that somehow weaves its way over a spartan synth score. It's like Linkin Park meets Skinny Puppy, but I don't want to take anything away from the original sound that Wickline has created here. It's pretty unique and utterly different from what anyone else is contributing these days, making him a bit of a maverick (and that's a good thing to be!). 

I had a chance to talk to Wickline today about where he got his unique sound. Here's what he had to say:

Ever since I was a kid, dark music appealed to me. Something about it felt more emotional and intense. When I got older and first discovered electronic music, I loved it but always thought it should be heavier, darker, etc... Rob Zombie, VNV Nation, and Juno Reactor were, I think, the first artists that were pretty close to what I wanted to hear.

Later I got into melodic death metal and symphonic metal with bands like In Flames, Nightwish and Engel, but always wished they were more electronic, haha. I started a semi-gothic hard rock band with my brothers a little after high school and was the keyboardist/screamer.

I do enjoy the more mainstream side of edm, but I usually find myself thinking “this would be better with guitars, rock drums, some scream vox...” So that’s what I make. I mix anything that I like the sound of and don’t really worry about how. Songs rarely end up sounding like my original ideas.

I don’t always have access to a guitarist, but my music still sounds like it’s partially rock, at least to myself. The sound is mostly electronic, but I definitely compose and write from my roots in gothic metal.
— Wickline
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...to check out the Wickline Bandcamp page. Be sure to explore his other work!