In many ways, this very magazine is much like its current cover-stars. On the surface, ZT has changed very little in the past near-seven years: our commitment to covering the darkest depths of the underground — and in an intelligent and engaging manner, mind — remains unchanged and unyielding, and that is priority one. Similarly, on the surface, Marduk have changed very little in their past 20 years: from the cult Fuck Me Jesus demo onward, these Swedish demons have remained doggedly committed to exploring darkness in all its myriad forms, although usually in the most aggressive, soul-flaying form possible.
Dig deeper, however, and you'll discover that both parties are in a perpetual state of transition. Sure, it's subtle — after all, both ZT and especially Marduk STAND for something, something both strong and specific — but it's movement forward, a fine-tuning of key components and no-less-important nuts 'n' bolts. That old truism of "the more things change, the more they stay the same," and perhaps the reverse simultaneously...? Either way: inertia equals death, but identity reigns supreme. And may both ZT and especially Marduk forever reign supreme!
Which is all maybe just a fancy way of saying that we're kinda changing and we're kinda not. As you've no doubt noticed, our reviews section is fucking MASSIVE. You'll be hard-pressed to find a larger review section in any metal-oriented mag on the newsstand, and that's not changing any time soon; if anything, we're gonna keep expanding it each issue. We've also been adding new blood to our Power Lines section, and this issue sees a transition in our news section: longtime news major domo Russell Garwood will be handing the torch to hard-working newjack Miika Virtanen. Don't worry, as Russell will continue to bring his signature wit to more features in the future while Miika and his crew of news-hungry hounds will scour the globe to get the first word on the hottest extreme metal news. And with last issue's cover and now this one's, visually, we plan on going bolder and yet cleaner, literally electrifying our content with eye-grabbing/pleasing design, altogether making for the best extreme music publication money can buy. Maybe things really haven't changed...?
FREE 19-TRACK COVERMOUNT CD FEATURING
Marduk | Vesperian Sorrow | Kreator | Black Tamanous | Whitechapel | Ihsahn | Recreate The Sun | Draekon | Treason | Power Theory | Natur | Earthen Grave | Grand Magus | Hour Of 13 | Guilty As Sin [4 tracks!] | Diablo Swing Orchestra
PROPAGANDANews | Readers' letters | CD Tracklisting | ZT sponsored shows
COVER FEATUREMarduk - Primordial's Nemtheanga interviews Marduk's Mortuus in our exclusive - and reflective - cover feature!
REGULAR FEATURESIhsahn | Burzum [UK Exclusive!] | Impiety | Witchtrap | Master's Hammer | Candlemass | Grand Magus | Hour Of 13 | Nile | Cattle Decapitation | Ignivomous | Horseback | Code666 Release Spotlight
UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTIONPanopticon | Thornspawn | Sodb | Spire
POWER LINES SECTION | EXPERIMENTAL NOISEJaako Vanhalan | Young Hunting | Sloth Mother | Plague Mother
ANGER BURNING | CRUST / D-BEAT / RAWPUNKWarcry | Mauser | Perdition
RAPID FIRETombstones | Kommandant | Be'lakor | Vesperian Sorrow | Nuclear Death Terror | Anhedonist | Occultation | Aldebaran | Moonloop | Din Brad | Svyatogor | Katana
SENTENCINGAudio reviews | Live reviews
- Under The Influence | Michael Kisker
- Decorated Careers | Moss Icon
- Label Profile | Austural Holocaust
- Artist Profile | Rik Garrett
- On The Rack | Whitechapel
- View From The Bunker column | Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill