Hellbound Staff Interrogation #5: Rob Kachluba

Today’s staff interview is with one of Hellbound’s most knowledgeable contributors. Although he has never written for any other publications before writing for Hellbound, Rob Kachluba has been involved in the world of metal since the early eighties and is a diehard metal collector. Chances are that if you’ve been reading us since early on you have already seen the pictures of his basement, known as the metal shrine. If you haven’t, you need to take a peek.

Rob and I met shortly after I moved to Hamilton in 1998. Our friendship was sealed when he asked me to drive to Erie, PA to see Iced Earth with him on a Wednesday night during their The Dark Saga tour. We’ve been close friends ever since and, when I got married in 2005, he stood up for me as my best man. Top notch dude this fellow is.

-Sean Palmerston

Name and Location:
Rob Kachluba, Hamilton.Ontario.

I am originally from Regina,SK. I have been in Hamilton since 1991

How did you start writing for Hellbound?.
I’ve been pals with Sean Pomerianian since around 1998 and he asked me to help him with my special ed reviews…

What’s your favorite piece published during Hellbound’s two years?
My own reviews for the past two While Heaven Wept albums – Fear of Infinity and Vast Oceans Lachrymose.

What are some of your best concert memories?
Oh boy……Trouble at the BWBK fest in Cleveland OH (first time they did it with Candlemass); Death Angel at the 360 Club in Toronto in 2003; Anathema at an outdoor festival in Leipzig, Germany 2000 on the Judgement tour; Iron Maiden/Scorpions/Girlschool awesome triple bill in 1982 in Regina, SK.

Black metal, death metal or grind?
Old School death metal from Sweden or Florida. My fave bands being Dismember, Entombed, Grave and Asphyx (from Holland)

Person you’d like to interview but it hasn’t happened…
John Arch

The most underrated metal album is:
KIngs X- Out of the Silent Planet. So ahead of their time; those crunchy rhythms and amazing three-part vocal harmonies makes for one of the best and most original debut albums ever.

You are suspended in limbo for eternity and can only listen to five metal albums on repeat. What are they?
Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind
Fates Warning – Awaken the Guardian
Kings X – Out Of The Silent Planet
Nevermore – Dead Heart in a Dead World
Metallica – Ride The Lighting

Sean is the founder/publisher of Hellbound.ca; he has also written about metal for Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs, Roadburn, Unrestrained! and Vice.