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by Byron Metcalf & Rob Thomas

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Award-winning shamanic-trance drummer Byron Metcalf and master didgeridoo artist Rob Thomas of Inlakesh combine their musical and personal medicines to create an extremely potent sonic brew. MEDICINE WORK is a psychoactive offering ¬¬– synergistically forged in the timeless hearth of shamanic intent and ceremony and is designed to guide and support intrepid travelers into deeper territories of their inner worlds ¬– far beyond the known and familiar.

MEDICINE WORK is a call to the deep journey. An invitation to explore vast mysteries of Initiation & Rites of Passage; Alchemy & Transmutation; Transformation & Transcendence; Cycles of Death & Rebirth; realms of the primordial, archetypal & mythological filtering through layers of the individual self and the boundless dimensions of transpersonal consciousness. ¬The journey concludes with the safe return Home to the harmonic resonance of the traveler’s Heart and True Nature.


Byron Metcalf & Rob Thomas


"MEDICINE WORK could have been created a thousand years ago, hidden from the world and used only for the highest degree of altering consciousness with instruments that have remained unchanged over the Eons; hand drums, rattles and didgeridoo. Thankfully for us, trance percussion alchemist Byron Metcalf and didgeridoo maven Rob Thomas (Inlakesh) are not hidden away in another era doing their medicine work for a forgotten tribe obscured by time. This recording puts the listener directly ‘inside’ the experience though high resolution recording skills and searing performances aimed at one thing: blowing away all the residue of the day-to-day with these ancient tools, presented in almost 3D clarity and preservation of tone. Rob’s didgeridoo is presented in such detail that it feels cellular and the interlocking patterns of Byron's percussion work invoke an involuntary trance state that just simply feels as if you never want it to stop – and it will not once you hit play." – Steve Roach

released 10 June 2013
Composed and Recorded:
Byron Metcalf & Rob Thomas

Final mix, arrangement and mastering:
Byron Metcalf & Rob Thomas at The Lair, Prescott Valley, AZ

Cover Image by Kati Astraeir
Layout & Design by Sam Rosenthal

Byron Metcalf – Frame drums, buffalo drum, bass & ceremonial drums, hybrid toms, udu & clay pots, rattles & shakers

Rob Thomas – Didgeridoos, rattles & shakers, vocal chants & shamanic soundworlds

©2013 Dr Bam’s Music, BMI & Inlakesh Music, BMI


released June 10, 2013


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