Raymond Westland

About Raymond Westland

Raymond Westland

My first exposure to that lovely noise called metal was the infamous video clip of One by Metallica. Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and Camel were part of my musical diet back then, but it was Hetfield and Co that really ignited my craving for loud and heavy music.

In early 2000 I hosted a radio program called the Black Box together with two friends. We all had very different tastes, so I got exposed to a whole range of different bands, artists and subgenre. This was only a sign of things to come.

In 2003 we chose to end the program at a high note, because we had achieved everything we set out to do and much more. In the years that followed I wrote for several online publications, including Zwaremetalen and Vampire Magazine (RIP), writing countless reviews and conducting many interviews with bands along the way. In hindsight these were my formative years as a writer and interviewer.

In 2009 I was pretty done with writing and heavy music in general, but after some months and some thunderous encouragement by my girlfriend I ventured out on my own with a blog called Home Nucleonics. It started as a vehicle for my love for progressive, forward-thinking and experimental music, but soon it grew into something bigger with several writers sharing the same passion for cutting edge and intelligent rock and metal. That blog served as a starting point for my next venture called Alternative Matter, a full-blown website dedicated to more experimental bands and artists.

We achieved quite some success and we managed to turn a lot of heads, but after a year of hard work, a couple of setbacks and lack of financial and long term perspective it was to move on and merge with a bigger website with a similar outlook on things. UK-based ThisIsNotAScene was the perfect partner and Ross Allen welcomed me and the rest of the Alternative Matter crew with open arms.

Nowadays I’m active as a senior editor for ThisIsNotAScene and I’m also a contributor for Hellbound Canada and About.com Heavy Metal. I enjoy listening to many different musical styles and genres, but I always come to back to bands and artists like The Cult, King Crimson, Killing Joke, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Mastodon, Cynic, Meshuggah, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Deftones, Pink Floyd, Isis, Red Sparowes, Oceansize, Anathema, Ulver, Steve Wilson, Devin Townsend, Blut Aus Nord, Red Harvest, Ihsahn and Enslaved.

Besides writing and discovering new bands I love to read, making long walks, drinking special Belgian beers and spending time with my girlfriend.