Welcome to an even heavier issue 084! And we mean that literally as we've added some extra pages this issue to house everything that's listed to the right of this message. And a fine lineup it is too, with its unmissable Norwegian delegation occupying a substantial number of pages.
The biggest of these bands is of course Dimmu Borgir, who take centre stage as this issue's cover stars. It's been eight years since their last album and this meant that there would be quite a lot of talking necessary for this interview, so we glued a telephone to each of Calum Harvie's ears so that he could speak in equal amounts to both Shagrath and Silenoz for the feature. In addition to Dimmu, Jose Carlos Santos speaks to fellow Norwegian bigwig Ihsahn about his new release Amr and Aura Noir on the subject of their sick riffs - whilst John Norby rides the country's thrash wave with Blood Tsunami. But since extreme music is such a global phenomena, we've stretched our tentacles far and wide to interview the likes of Mexico's Morbosidad, Greece's Varathron, Brazil's Lumnos, and Transylvania's brilliant visual artist Luciana Nedelea, with numerous stop-offs elsewhere on the journey to each destination.
I was really hoping we would be putting this issue to bed without the need to mention any further untimely deaths, but sadly, that's not been the case, as the world of extreme music loses the one and only Frank Pucci - aka Killjoy - who very sadly passed away at the age of just 51 in March from heart failure. Another premature departure from this mortal coil was made by Fabiano Penna, guitarist of Brazilian death metallers Rabaelliun, who tragically died from an infection he contracted while the band was on tour with Pestilence. Let's hope issue 085 escapes any similar news, it would be a relief to add a 'witty' quote instead of a death-related message on next issue's spine. Till then, we hope you enjoy all that issue 084 has to offer.
Covermount CD - 18 tracks! Blood Tsunami | Rotten Sound | Violation Wound | Cardiac Arrest | Nocturnal Graves | Karma Violens | Red Apollo | Thy Catafalque | Craft | Hegemone | Alkaloid | Consecration | Petrification | Hell Obelisco | Bulletbelt | Fractal Gates | Tomorrow's Eve | Above Us The Waves
PROPAGANDANews | ZT Sponsored Shows
COVER FEATUREDimmu Borgir
REGULAR FEATURESIhsahn | Aura Noir | Blood Tsunami | At The Gates | Septic Tank | Violation Wound | Agrimonia | Uada | The Body | Morbosidad | Varathron | Wallachia | Winterfylleth | Solstice | Monotheist | The Crown | Pungent Stench
UGBM | UNDERGROUND BLACK METALDie Kunst Der Finsternis | Myrkaverk | Lumnos | Funeral Winds | Adzalaan | Ljain
UGDM | UNDERGROUND DEATH METALGravehill | Deiquisitor | Demonical | Convocation | Cardiac Arrest | Graveyard
DARK ENTRIES | DARK AMBIENTNordvargr | Dreamfire | Wordclock
RAPID FIREEkpyrosis | Alghazanth | Candle | Inisans | Follow The Cipher | Gatekeeper | The Grostesquery | Cruachan | Gnaw Their Tongues | Weathered Statues | Lord Of Pagathorn | Grave Upheaval | Toxikull | Troll | Riot V | Grave Lines | Twitching Tongues | Nocturnal Graves | Wrong | Rivers Of Nihil
SENTENCINGAudio reviews including the ZT Soundcheck and Release Of The Issue Live reviews
- EXHUME TO CONSUME | Unpure
- ON THE RACK | Anthrax's Scott Ian
- ARTISTRY | Luciana Nedelea
- VIEW FROM THE BUNKER | Alan Averill