ISSUE 36 | JUL/AUG, 2010
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Editorial Message

I can clearly remember the first time I heard music being described to me as 'underground'. It was at a record shop in Alloa when I was but an oik and had just picked up some Motorhead vinyl. The shop owner sized me up and asked if I wanted to hear "something more underground". I panicked slightly, wondering what the hell he had in mind for me but, not wanting to look like a complete twat, mumbled something inarticulate along the lines of, "Er, ok then," upon which I was presented with the first Bathory album. To this day I can still recall that frisson of excitement I felt holding the record, its underground cache imbuing in it a feeling of the mysterious, the other. Later, as I got more heavily into metal, I began to identify strongly with the general idea of the 'underground' as being an entity or a collective. This was our community, our secret, our music. The sheep who mindlessly followed mainstream music could go and bleat elsewhere.

So entrenched is the idea of the underground in extreme music that it's impossible to mention one without the other. That's why we're launching a mini-series in which we get to grips with what the extreme music underground actually is, and what it means to be 'underground'. This issue we're starting at home in the UK and Ireland, kicking off with an in-depth discussion with one of the best young bands to emerge from the underground in recent years, Winterfylleth. Our writers have also been digging deeper to bring you a host of subterranean gems which we think you should be checking out. It's a funny time of year, this. Such is the scale of the festival circuit that most weeks see a large-ish sized event taking place somewhere in Europe. I won't be dragging my baldy head to as many as I'd like this year, but still it's good to see that more and more underground bands are finding a place on festival lineups. No doubt people with not enough to do in their lives will grumble that underground bands shouldn't be appearing along side more mainstream artists. But if it turns people on to extreme music for the first time, then that's all to the good. What I wouldn't give to see Whitehouse headline Glastonbury one day...

Calum Harvie, Editor


Winterfylleth | Profanatica | Blood Revolt | Insidious Disease | Advent Of Bedlam | Mongo Ninja | Bonded By Blood | Accept | Steel Tormentor | Derailed | Mithras | Hammers Of Misfortune | The House Of Capricorn | Eternal Helcaraxe | A Distant Sun | Immortal Empire



News | Ronnie James Dio remembered | Readers' letters | CD Tracklisting | ZT sponsored shows | On The Rack confessions from Bonded By Blood


  • The Rise Of The Underground
  • Foreword | Intro
  • The View From The Gutter
  • Winterfylleth
  • The View From The Stage
  • The Twist In The Tiger's Tale
  • Death Is Only The Beginning
  • Promoted Positions


Blood Revolt | Limbonic Art | Witchery | Grave | Kataklysm | Insidious Disease | Mongo Ninja | Melvins | Mose Giganticus | Lantlos/Nattsol


Nightbringer | AMSG | Swamp | Sorgeldom


Mike Page - Fire In The Head | Sewer Election | Grimalkin555 | Altar Of Flies


Vomitor | Grave Miasma | Lautsturmer | Drunken Bastards | Nox Aurea | Ramesses | Countervela | Hacavitz | Orpheus | Coffinworm | Early Graves | Conan | Hell Militia | Castevet | Void Of Silence | Denouncement Pyre | Breakdown Asylum


Audio reviews | Live reviews


  • Producer Profile | Kurt Ballou
  • Decorated Careers | In The Woods
  • Label Profile | Shadow Kingdom Records
  • Artist Profile | Fursy Teyssier
  • View From The Bunker | Alan Averill
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