About Us

Rachel and Ken in Athens Greece

Sounds and Shadows is Kenneth Magerman and Rachel Pool. A few years back I felt something stirring in the dark emotional music I loved. A move back into the forefront of Goth/Industrial/Post Punk/ColdWave/Darkwave/EDM ect. So many new bands were bursting on the scene it became difficult to find and appreciate everything I was hearing. Yet when I went in search of music review pages that too had changed while I wasn’t paying attention. The emphasis had changed to quick blurbs and online media posts. I got it in my head to start writing about everything I was hearing and what those beautiful sounds made me feel. I brought my partner Rachel on board (A much better writer than me) to help keep up with everything I was hearing and wanted to express. I found I was not alone in people who had a hunger for reviews that went into more than a brief synopsis and took a deeper look at the vision we took away from these artists.

We are not journalists. I am a musician, a fan, and just someone passionate about sharing the amazing new music I have found all over the world. I listen to each album a minimum of 5 times. I don’t have time to do that for something I don’t love. That’s why you will not see reviews of bands we don’t like. We share what we love, we share what we feel, we are always searching for more. I hope you find something here that you love too.

Our Writers:

Ken Magerman – Lead singer of the band Amaranth. I was an English major in college at Western Michigan University and can’t write for shit. Now I work for a bank and drink red wine and blather about bands I love to anyone who will listen. I’ve seen more bands in 41 years than any lucky human has a right to claim. Editor and reviewer of the page. Primary genres covered Goth, Industrial, Post Punk, Industrial, Cold Wave, Synthwave, Pop, Brit pop, Electronica, Post modern Christian Grindcore. TubPunk
Rachel Pool – Like, literally…The Worst™. College dropout. Language and history buff. Can drink you under the table. Don’t say ‘No’ if she asks if you’re hungry. Primary genres covered: New Wave, Shoegaze, Metal, World Beat, Coldwave, Riot Grrl.

Ivan Delint – Singer/guitar player for Warsaw Pact. Too handsome for his own good. Has a firmer grasp of guitar pedal culture than makes good sense. Primary Genres covered Post Punk, Avant Garde, New Wave, Glam, Electronica.

Collin Schipper – Wizard of all technical aspects and consultant on how the music reviewed is actually produced. He is also the bass player of Amaranth and my bestie 🙂 Primary Genres: Industrial, Goth, EDM, Metal, and Katy Perry

Katy Knal May – Singer/Songwriter for Katy Needs A Life. Dj and Vinyl aficionado. Glorious ball of searing light in human form. Primary Genres: Dream Pop, Shoegaze, Indie, Glam, Punk, Synthwave.

Adrian Kjosnes – Hailing from Bergen the dark specter of Carrion NO. He has a deep history and understanding of the noisier chaotic side of darkness. Specialties include: Aggrotech, Industrial, Noise Music, EDM.

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