Hawkbill Live
Hawkbill performing live at
SpaceBar, Columbus, Ohio.
Background information
Origin Manchester, Kentucky, USA
Genres Sludge Metal, Doom Metal
Years active 2016 - Present
Labels Drakkar Promotions
Associated acts Motherplant, Seidr, Below, Alegionnaire
Website Bandcamp
Current members Adam Nicholson
Chris Gilbert
Travis Marcum
Band Logo
Hawkbill Logo

Hawkbill are a doom/sludge band from Manchester, Kentucky, formed in 2016. Formed by members of Motherplant in 2016, this band has established themselves quickly in the Kentucky metal scene for their harsh, abrasive tone and distant, echoed vocals. The band has went on record to state that they're "not so much trying to reinvent the wheel but moreso run you the fuck over with it".


When Motherplant announced they were going on hiatus in early 2016, Adam Nicholson and Travis Marcum both opted to start a new band. With bassist Chris Gilbert at the helm, the band would be christened Hawkbill, following a similar style of sludge/doom metal to the respective members' previous bands though in a much more abrasive tone than before.

The band's debut string of shows would happen in September with a handful of shows scattered through the remainder of the year. By the end of 2016 the band had recorded material for a forthcoming release along with being announced to Lexington, Kentucky's premier metal festival Blood of the Wolf.

On 5 January 2017 the band released their first studio recording entitled Fever. The band followed with a self-titled studio album released on 24 March 2017, with physical copies available at Blood of the Wolf Fest. Since the album release the band has actively performed around with a host of new songs showing up in their setlists. A July mini-tour with Lexington sludge band Dirtbag happened in early July entitled the Forever Hangover Tour. The band is currently writing and performing new material along with performing their self-titled album.

On 13 July 2017 it would be announced that Hawkbill would sign with Drakkar Promotions, the first release with the label being a vinyl edition of the self-titled album.[1]


  • Fever (Single, 2017)
  • Hawkbill (Album, 2017)


  • Adam Nicholson - Guitar (2016 - Present)
  • Chris Gilbert - Bass (2016 - Present)
  • Travis Marcum - Drums, Vocals (2016 - Present)

List of Live PerformancesEdit

  • 16 September 2016 - The Event Place, London, KY (With Left to the Wolves, Creature of Exile, Pin Head, The Matador, Those Dirty Thieves, Son of Mine)[2]
  • 17 September 2016 - Hometron, Lexington, KY (With NerdRage, Dirtbag)[3]
  • 4 November 2016 - Rain Damage, Lexington, KY (With Elvess & The Dream Boy, Frustrate, Succumb To Demise)[4]
  • 19 November 2016 - Green Lantern, Lexington, KY (With Toke, Arktos, Dirtbag, Gassed; Fistula intended to play but dropped off)[5]
  • 13 December 2016 - NorthSide Yacht Club, Cincinnati, OH (With Ghost Teeth, Beach Daze, Slugsalt, Off The Meat Rack)[6]
  • 14 December 2016 - Spacebar, Columbus, Ohio (With Cosmic Moon, Akula (Debut Performance))[7]
  • 23 December 2016 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, KY (With DeAnimator, Bed Sore)[8]
  • 17 March 2017 - Green Lantern, Lexington, KY (With Bask, Cavern, Sweet Country Meatboys)[9]
  • 24 March 2017 - Al's Bar / Sidecar, Blood of The Wolf Fest, Lexington, KY
  • 28 April 2017 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, KY (With Ye Ole Remedy, Trucker Hat Coalition)[10]
  • 16 May 2017 - Highlands Taproom, Louisville, KY (Metal Monday)
  • 27 May 2017 - Green Lantern, Lexington, KY (With Crud, Frustrate, Mr. Phylzzz, Holly Hunt, Clouded)[11]
  • 3 June 2017 - Youth Bored Archive, Whitesburg, KY (Seedtime Punk Art Show)[12]
  • 7 July - 11 July 2017 - Forever Hangover Tour (With Dirtbag)
  • 7 July 2017 - The Cure Lounge, Louisville, KY (With Slow Joe Crow & The Berserker Blues Band, Dirtbag, Godking, Doodlehound)
  • 8 July 2017 - Betty's Grill, Nashville, TN (With Dirtbag, Long Con, Terrible People)[13]
  • 9 July 2017 - Static Age Records, Asheville, NC (With Dirtbag, Earthling, Black Mountain Hunger)
  • 10 July 2017 - Summit City Coffee Co. & Lounge, Whitesburg, KY (With Dirtbag, Nuclear Hollercaust)[14]
  • 11 July 2017 - Hometron, Lexington, KY (With Dirtbag, DeAnimator, Earthling, Doodlehound)
  • 12 August 2017 - Green Lantern, Lexington, KY (With Dutchguts, NerdRage, Dirtbag)[15]
  • 25 August 2017 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, KY (With Arktos, Blind Scryer)[16]
  • 17 October 2017 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, KY (With Fister, Un, Swamp Hawk)[17]
  • 20 October 2017 - Trixie's, Louisville, Kentucky (With Blind Scryer, Shi - 死, Carson, The Obsessed)
  • 22 October 2017 - Best Friend Bar, Lexington, Kentucky (DisPuppy; with Leaden Verse, Pussy Pit, Hail The Witch, Dream Probe, C.H.E.W., Ford Theatre Reunion)
  • 2 November 2017 - Woodward Theater, Cincinnati, OH (With Mollusk, The Skull)[18]

External LinksEdit


  1. Hawkbill FacebookAccessed 13 July 2017
  2. Facebook EventAccessed 8 January 2017
  3. Facebook EventAccessed 8 January 2017
  4. FacebookAccessed 8 January 2017
  5. Facebook EventAccessed 8 January 2017
  6. FacebookAccessed 8 January 2017
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  8. Facebook EventAccessed 8 January 2017
  9. FacebookAccessed 1 April 2017
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  11. Facebook EventAccessed 27 May 2017
  12. FacebookAccessed 16 May 2017
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V·T·E Hawkbill
Current Members Adam NicholsonChris GilbertTravis Marcum
Releases Hawkbill (2017)
Associated Bands and Artists AlegionnaireBelowMotherplantMotherplant (Album) • Seidr

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