Wardenclyffe is a Swedish band, influenced by the doom/thrash sound from the early 90s.
“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 sensation of Wardenclyffes music is clearly electric - the instruments seem to spark... like biting into a piece of metal.” (kultursidan.nu)
The band was formed in 2011. Jacob Nordangård (previously with Captor and The Doomsday Cult) had for some time been discussing an idea for a new project with the former band colleague from The Doomsday Cult, Ola Blomkvist. Ola had some material he couldn’t use in his band Griftegård. They decided to join forces. The drummer Micael Zetterberg (Terrorama) was invited to complete the first line up. He had the knowledge and commitment that was needed. The rehearsals started autumn 2011.
Jacob proposed that the band would be called Wardenclyffe. Named after the Serbian inventor and genius Nikola Tesla’s experimental facility in New York. The logo was designed by Finnish artist and musician Sami Hynninen. The name 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 Jacob 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 recording was done in the studio Sound Lab with Marcus Lundberg two weeks before the dissertation. Thomas Sabbathi from Year of the Goat contributed with some great additional guitar work (including the brilliant intro).
The promo/soundtrack received a lot of praise. German magazine Rock Hard elected it the demo of the month in July 2013. Swedish magazine Close Up compilation Demolition. A couple of interviews and favorable reviews were seen in the underground press.
The band started to rehearse again in the autumn of 2013. The goal was set to record an album. Bass player Emil Åström (Terrorama) was recruited.
Wardenclyffe entered Studio Underjord in July 2014 for the recording of “Control All Delete”. Joona Hassinen did an amazing job to make the visions come true. Thomas Sabbathi did again contribute with additional guitar work. 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)
“With Jacob as a front man who knows how to draw attention to himself, so that the others, if desired, can withdraw. With elegant coat and cylinder hat his outﬁt is a bit quirky, but perfect and with his gestural way of performing, and you will not be bored even after one hour.” (AmbossMag.de)
The single “The Omega Point” was recorded at Studio Underjord in September 2015 and is planned to be released in December 2015.
Work on the follow up record “The Temple of Solomon” has started, adding new dimensions to the Wardenclyffe-sound and themes. Another mysterious scrap sculpture is ordered and will soon be uncovered…