Artist to watch: The Wilkof Project

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I get asked daily, if I have heard any new amazeballs music, and I feel it’s my civic duty to share my knowledge of spine-tingling new Metal music. Any time I stumble across a band that exudes the fire of the gods of Heavy Metal, I go through a gamut of emotions.  The emotion that was the most prevalent, when I heard the first 20 seconds of “A Long Way Down” by The Wilkof Project, was mind-numbing awe.  The voice that came floating out of my speakers, was pure and thunderous, a voice that slices deep into your  soul.  The voice belonged to Matt Wilkof, former front man/Guitarist for Another Black Day.

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The Wilkof Project, based in West Palm Beach, is an undiscovered jewel.  I was sent 3 mastered tracks, and all 3 knocked this little Skullgurl on her well toned heiny.  I generally do not explore a band, until I get at least a mastered EP, but these cats, they are the real deal.  Did I mention they are a 3 piece?  That fact alone, makes me want to go right to the door of EMP, and stage a sit in, until The  Wilkof Project is signed.  “Why so dramantic, Skullgurl?” you may ask.  Well, my metal minions, because  3 piece Metal bands cannot have any weak links, each member must have the power of a soloist.  There is no room for error, there is no 2nd to fall back on for support in weak moments, not saying bands with more than 3 members are weak or less talented.  What I am saying is, that to achieve the sound from 3 musical voices like that of the Wilkof project, there has to be an almost magical connection.  The band has a multifaceted sound, imagine if Clutch and Soundgarden had a love child, then you would get the gist of the vibe I get from The Wilkof Project.  I will caution you, as I always do, DO NOT take my word for the caliber of talent a band has, you need to go find out for yourself.



I have included the link to their first video, “A Long Way Down,” so you smart little cookies can discover the wondrous  sound of The Wilkof Project for yourselves.  I am a giver, you all know that, so I also included a couple other links to open your talent hungry eyes to the world of Wilkof.  I will predict this band will be taking the Metal world by storm by the middle of 2018, so do not procrastinate, or you will miss the ride of a life time.

BY Kimmarie “Skullgurl” Erickson

Photo credit: Christina Wilkof Photography


For more information on the band follow the links below:

1 Comment on Artist to watch: The Wilkof Project

  1. What a wonderful and insightful article to read. I was captured in the beginning from the emotions from the writer’s perspective as well as the fire in the soul from which the music had touched. I continued to be amazed as the writer not only informed us of the history of the band, but knew the inner workings of a band, let alone a 3 piece band. I instantly checked out the band through the link, and the article was spot on! They have a future in the music history, no doubt!! Looking forward to reading future articles from Kimmarie “Skullgurl” Erickson. Keep up the brilliant work and you will have a fan for life!

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