HOT TAKES: Getting to know Dwarrowdelf!

Welcome to the feature; Hot Takes! We chat to a band or artist that we have unearthed as some what of a hidden gem and allow them the chance to introduce themselves to you, the reader.

Q1 – who is in your band?

Dwarrowdelf is a one-man project helmed by Tom O’Dell, also of the power metal band Battle Born!

Q2 – What is your take on your own sound?

The Dwarrowdelf sound has evolved quite a lot over the years. The current sound is a cross between melodic death metal and atmospheric black metal, but with elements of deathcore and doom metal lurking beneath the surface too.

Q3 – If someone was listening to your music for the first time, what song would you tell them to listen to and why?

The second single from the upcoming album is a track called “Deliverance” – it’s pretty much the mission statement for the album, and contains all the key elements in one concise blast.

Q4 – What is the plan for the rest of 2024

The Fallen Leaves” will be out on 2 February 2024, and is the culmination of nearly 3 years of work.  I’ll be focusing on other projects for the rest of the year; Dwarrowdelf doesn’t perform live, but I’ll be hitting the road with Battle Born later in the year.

Q5 – What is one song you wish you wrote?

Sons of Winter and Stars” – it’s the perfect song, seamlessly weaves through so many movements and has a massive chorus to boot.  I can’t fault it!

Q6 – What three bands or artists inspire you the most?

I saw Lorna Shore and Sleep Token at the end of last year, and both gigs really impressed me in different ways; in each case, I left that show unable to think about anything else and definitely kept listening to them for weeks on end afterwards, and they really solidified my resolve to keep making my own music. From a musical influences perspective, I’d have to give a shout out to Insomnium – their brand of heavy but emotive music has always really resonated with me, and is definitely something I try to emulate.

Q7 – Where can our readers see you live or listen to your music?

As Dwarrowdelf is a one-man project, it’s not really possible to play live at the moment – I’m also busy with my other live commitments at the moment, although I’d love to do a one-off Dwarrowdelf show one day!
The project’s discography is on Bandcamp and all good streaming services though, so readers can find it wherever they please!

Q8 – What zoo animal represents the personality of your band?

I can honestly say I’ve never considered this… I’ll go with an owl.  A predator of the night, but also one traditionally associated with pensieve wisdom!

Elizabeth Birt

January 19, 2024

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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