Current Projects

Mr. Litwin

Mr. Litwin is Eli’s solo recording project of heavy metal children’s music. After many months of rocking his infant daughter to sleep while playing children’s music, he started hearing metal versions of the songs in his head. They became more and more detailed as the months went on, until he had no choice but to actually […]

Mr. Litwin is Eli’s solo recording project of heavy metal children’s music. After many months of rocking his infant daughter to sleep while playing children’s music, he started hearing metal versions of the songs in his head. They became more and more detailed as the months went on, until he had no choice but to actually record them, and hear with his ears what was playing in his head at every bed and nap time.

Eli Litwin – guitars, bass, drums, vocals

https://mrlitwin.bandcamp.com/

 



John Frum

John Frum plays darkly psychedelic and meticulously crafted, progressive death metal, with moments of improvisation. John Frum’s debut album, A Stirring in the Noos, was released on Relapse Records in May 2017. Matt Hollenberg (John Zorn, Cleric)/guitar Eli Litwin (Knife The Glitter/Intensus/Deveykus)/drums Derek Rydquist (The Faceless)/vocals Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Starkweather)/bass http://www.johnfrumband.com  

John Frum plays darkly psychedelic and meticulously crafted, progressive death metal, with moments of improvisation.

John Frum’s debut album, A Stirring in the Noos, was released on Relapse Records in May 2017.

Matt Hollenberg (John Zorn, Cleric)/guitar
Eli Litwin (Knife The Glitter/Intensus/Deveykus)/drums
Derek Rydquist (The Faceless)/vocals
Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Starkweather)/bass

http://www.johnfrumband.com

 



Deveykus

DEVEYKUS is the newest of trombonist Dan Blacksberg’s re-imaginings of traditional Ashkenazic Jewish Music, and perhaps his most powerful to date. The mastermind behind Electric Simcha, a band that turbo-charged classic Hasidic melodies of celebration with the speed and sound of hardcore punk rock, Blacksberg delves into the spiritual side of Hasidic nigunim (wordless melodies) […]

DEVEYKUS is the newest of trombonist Dan Blacksberg’s re-imaginings of traditional Ashkenazic Jewish Music, and perhaps his most powerful to date. The mastermind behind Electric Simcha, a band that turbo-charged classic Hasidic melodies of celebration with the speed and sound of hardcore punk rock, Blacksberg delves into the spiritual side of Hasidic nigunim (wordless melodies) in order to draw out another new sound, this time inspired by Doom bands like Earth, and Sunn O))), from this well-worn tradition.

In 2012, Blacksberg brought together 4 other musicians whose work spans experimental rock, metal, and Jewish music to form the band that would execute this new sound, Deveykus. Meaning “To cleave” to god and referring to both an ecstatic, trance-like state brought on by the singing of nigunim, and the name of the style of nign meant to bring on that state, Deveykus is a new band that brings the sounds of Jewish music fully into the world of experimental doom metal.

Deveykus’ debut album, Pillar Without Mercy, was released by Tzadik Records on June 18, 2013.

www.facebook.com/Deveykus



Deveykus - Wordless Ecstacy

Intensus

Freely improvised extreme metal.

INTENSUS is an exciting and unique recording project masterminded by multi-instrumentalist Eli Litwin, drummer of Knife the Glitter,  Normal Love, Inzinzac and others.  A resident of Philadelphia for many years, Eli has had the opportunity to involve himself in the metal and underground rock scenes as well as the avant-garde/improvised music scene.  The purpose of this project was to take these very different worlds and combine them into a freely improvised extreme metal album with one goal in mind: intensity.  The process began with one recording session in which Eli improvised drum tracks for the entire album, start to finish, in one take.  Over the course of the next year, he simultaneously wrote and recorded guitar tracks to build songs out of the improvised drum parts.  Some guitar sections were first take improvisations as well, while others were written and recorded within 5-25 minutes.  The general idea was to keep everything as spontaneous as possible. After all guitars were recorded, Eli learned everything on bass and went through the same process.   Once all music was completed, Eli enlisted a number of singers to contribute vocals to the project.

The first, self-titled INTENSUS album features vocals from Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me), Robert Meadows (A Life Once Lost), Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You), Chris Alfano (East of the Wall / Postman Syndrome), Jerry Jones (Trophy Scars), Travis Weinand (Burden / Tetsuo), Evan Moore (Gypsy Wig / Birth Screams), and Ruston Grosse.  Also featured on the album, Alex Nagle (Satanized / ex-Normal Love) and Jason Herrmann (Burden / Tetsuo) lend their guitar shredding skills for 2 incredible solos.

INTENSUS” can be described in one word: INTENSE.  It is a visceral experience with a strong and unique artistic vision.  Each vocalist brings his own brand of intensity to the album, making for a varied, yet flowing musical journey.  Songs range from short, violent bursts of grind and death metal to crushing doom grooves, complex tech metal to experimental noise freak outs.  This is an album unlike anything ever created before.

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/INTENSUSMETAL



Intensus - Man Crusher (ft. Robert Meadows)

Eskia

ESKIA is the lo-fi, mutated twin brother of Metal Blade Records artist INTENSUS. Both are “free improv extreme metal” solo projects created by multi-instrumentalist Eli Litwin. “From Below” is an exercise in lo-fi, home-recorded black metal. Eli began the recording process by improvising all the drum tracks in his basement. Then, almost as spontaneously, he […]

ESKIA is the lo-fi, mutated twin brother of Metal Blade Records artist INTENSUS. Both are “free improv extreme metal” solo projects created by multi-instrumentalist Eli Litwin.

“From Below” is an exercise in lo-fi, home-recorded black metal. Eli began the recording process by improvising all the drum tracks in his basement. Then, almost as spontaneously, he wrote and improvised guitar & bass tracks to fit the drums, recording onto his laptop as he went. Lastly, he improvised vocals over the completed music.

Download for free on Bandcamp.com



Inzinzac

Skronky punk jazz

Founded by Philadelphia-based French musician Alban Bailly (guitar & compositions) with Dan Scofield (soprano & tenor sax) and Eli Litwin (drums).

Inzinzac is influenced by Rock, New Music, Free Jazz and the rhythms and energy of Eastern European music. It combines strong improvisations with densely composed music.

Full length album coming in 2011 on High Two Records.

www.inzinzac.com



Inzinzac - Hardi

Gun Muffs

Doom jazz.

David Fishkin and Eli Litwin have been making music since 2007.  David plays the tenor sax through octave and distortion pedals then out a full bass amp stack.  Eli plays his drums very hard.  Sometimes very fast and sometimes very slow.  Influences: Doom metal, Tony Iommi, environmental pollutants, Michael Henderson, Vinnie Paul.

https://gunmuffs.bandcamp.com



Knife the Glitter

Instrumental, forward thinking, groove metal, power trio.

Knife the Glitter has been playing their own unique brand of technical and progressive metal since 2003.  After two different vocalists came and went the group decided to remain an instrumental trio.  Knife the Glitter has shared the stage with Dillinger Escape Plan, Between the Buried and Me, Dysrhythmia, Behold…the Arctopus, #12 Looks Like You, Psyopus, East of the Wall, Dub Trio, Trophy Scars, The Minor Times and lots more.

Knife the Glitter is currently recording a full length album.  Demos of some of those songs are available here: MYSPACE.COM/KNIFETHEGLITTER

Check out Eli’s YouTube Page to see videos of him tracking drums for those demos.



Knife the Glitter - Highly Electric Squirrel