Lord Spikeheart


Kenyan singer, songwriter, and producer Lord Spikeheart challenges the boundaries of sound, stretching its limits to the extreme, in the 15th episode of Kuboraum’s Digital Sound Residency, unleashing ‘SILENCE IN THE C-DRAL’, a hallucinatory exploration of metal and trap featuring Italian producer and collaborator Talpah.

Over the past decade, vocalist Martin Kanja, AKA Lord Spikeheart, has become a figurehead of the burgeoning Kenyan metal scene, cultivating a distinctive blend of guttural yawps, screeching screams, and gravelly rap verses that seep menacingly through head-banging instrumentals.

Best known for his unmistakable harsh vocals as the live-wire frontman of DUMA, Martin has been building bridges between African heavy music and the international electronic and metal scenes, earning intercontinental attention via extensive tours in Europe and the US, as well as appearances at major festivals like Primavera Sound, Roadburn Festival, Roskilde, Sonar, and Le Guess Who, to name a few. Last April, he also performed in Venice during We Travel To Know Our Own Geography, the two-days festival presented by Kuboraum and Terraforma in partnership with Combo during the opening weekend of the 60th Venice Biennale.

Recently released via his HAEKALU records, Lord Spikeheart’s debut album ‘The Adept’ is an incandescent new frontier in extreme music, critically acclaimed by prestigious media outlets such as The Guardian, Pitchfork, BBC Radio, Arte, Dazed, The Fader, NTS, Crack, Die Zeit, and The Quietus. The list of collaborators is an inspired one—Cardopusher/Safety Trance, Fatboi Sharif, Brodinski, and Backxwash are some of Kanja’s guests—but ‘The Adept’ never feels like anything less than something only Lord Spikeheart could have made. It’s the sound of an atom of the soul being split, unleashing an eldritch new energy.

Mixed and mastered by James Ginzburg.
Ph: David Fitt