The concept for HadesMachine began to kick around in my head back in 2007. Granted, being the huge horror nerd that I am, this would be the direction I’d take the project. To set it apart from our contemporaries, I wanted to cover more ground, incorporate more musical styles and really mash things up while not alienating our target audience. Can you drop out of a fast punk chorus into a jazz breakdown? Yes. We can, we do, and it works. Art and music should be challenging, both to the artist as well as the audience. We utilize horns, samples, keys and vocal layering. We push our limits and leave a trail of blood in our wake.

Musical influences include the earlier works of Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Samhain, The Empire Hideous, Foetus / JG Thirlwell, PIG / Raymond Watts, Nick Cave and Tom Waits. It’s punk, metal, jazz, and blues. It’s orchestral disasters and symphonic chaos. It’s what I feel like exploring at any given time.

At the time of this update, I am nearing the halfway point in writing the first HadesMachine novel. The books will be the back story to the song content. The music is the soundtrack to the story. As I create new song concepts, these often become part of the growing storyline, and vice-versa. As a whole, it’s an exercise in exploring exactly how the world we know could be turned inside out and setting it to music.

Two of the biggest influences on the story driven aspects of the project are H.P. Lovecraft and George Romero. Anyone versed in either creative force will be right at home in this realm. It’s equal parts cautionary tale and rampant, escalating destruction. It’s the seemingly undead tearing apart friends and neighbors, pets and livestock, while murderers and madmen ply their trade in the name of revenge or scientific advancement. Social commentary and the darkest pits of the human condition. Anything goes, and probably will.

Uneasy listening to all.

Jake Hades
June 3, 2014

HadesMachine currently is:
Jake Hades – composition, vocals, audio engineer, artist

Live Band:
Nick – Lead Guitar
Matthew – Drums
David – Bass
Eddie – Guitar