Alas, here we are with another hopefully divisive cover story. I stress "divisive" because, when I look around at the newsstand, I can't help but think our contemporaries are helping dig the grave for The Death Of Print. Here they are, the last defence for a dying medium — well and truly on life support at this juncture, with no convalescence in sight so long as The Internets are mystifying all and sundry with their warm, glowing glow — and they're offering you, The Reader / Consumer, very little incentive to plop down your hard-earned quid. Really, does pipe-and-slippers fare masquerading as 'extreme music' really qualify as value-for-money? Not by a long shot.
Now, I'm not saying that ZT is the be-all / end-all of print journalism (it should be, right? Hey-o...) nor am I unnecessarily talking shit and deflecting it all the same. Actually, I'm encouraging the print medium, particularly those in the music-mag biz, to fight with direst breath against this Death. Give your readers something to sink their teeth into. Give them something they won't find anywhere else. Give them something more than press releases parading as 'music journalism'. Give them something that gives them hope to join in that fight. Because that's all we can do in 2011 and beyond: FIGHT. Who's with me?
Back to our cover story, then. If Gallhammer are a divisive bunch and Ulver slightly less so, then both are soundly trumped by Wolves In The Throne Room. Next to Liturgy, you're not likely to find any other bands in our current extreme-music sphere who split opinion so strongly as this bunch. One side proclaim them the best thing since sliced Emperor; the other, all kinds of epithets relating to one's sexuality. Try finding someone whose opinion is between these two poles. Yeah, thought so. With that in mind — and especially so since they authentically began as an underground band, and in the greater context of all music still are one — we attempt to untangle the curious cult of Wolves In The Throne Room. We brought our A Game here, folks.
All the above considered, I'd like to take this moment, step up on my High Horse, and proclaim that ZT is genuinely the last print bastion of real underground / extreme music journalism in the UK. Wanna fight about it? Write in, and keep PRINT alive...just a bit longer.
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Wolves In The Throne Room | Bahrrecht | Colonel Blast | Glorior Belli | [R]evolution Of A Sun | Diascorium | Basement Torture Killings | Daemon Foetal Harvest | Regurgitate Life | Oblivionized | Anterior | Diamond Plate | ICS Vortex | Stuka Squadron | Opposing Motion | Devil | Falloch
PROPAGANDANews | Readers' letters | CD Tracklisting | ZT sponsored shows
COVER FEATUREWolves In The Throne Room
REGULAR FEATURESDecapitated | Glorior Belli | Nightbringer | The Living Fields | Sonne Adam | Serpentcult | Midnight | Beherit | Azarath | Caina | Sol Invictus | Avantgarde Round-up | Evile | Malefice | Toxic Holocaust |
UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTIONAve Maria | Avichi | Arvet | Djevel | Dark Messiah
POWER LINES SECTION | EXPERIMENTAL NOISEDavid Keenan | Wolverspent | Murderous Vision | Love Is Nothing
ANGER BURNING | CRUST / D-BEAT / RAWPUNKDoom | Dropdead | Unkind
RAPID FIREThe Wolves Of Avalon | [R]Evolution Of A Sun | Battlecross | Corpsessed | Pharoah | Seidr | Hekate | Stuka Squadron | Pandemonium | Sepuku | Inkisitor | The Konsortium | Deceptor | Kill For Satan | Slime In The Current | The Belonging
SENTENCINGAudio reviews | Live reviews
- Under The Influence | Patrick Mameli
- Decorated Careers | Unholy
- Label Profile | Aurora Borealis
- Artist Profile | Sugi
- On The Rack| Wino
- View From The Bunker | Alan Averill