It's been a long, cold winter, but we're keeping it hot here at ZT HQ. While I write this, the temperature's at -19 degrees Celsius with the wind-chill, and a couple more inches of snow are expected tonight. Cold, grim, cult...all that.
While we're bandying about old cliches, this issue marks our first one of 2013: "out with the old, in with the new," right? Not exactly. Sure, you'll find a lot of 'old' in this new issue, and for good reason: The Old Guard is still going strong, and we feel it's our solemn duty to report on that. Voivod and Darkthrone are arguably more relevant now than they have been in years, and especially so for cover stars Rotting Christ. My longstanding obsession with Greek black metal's no secret, and through it all, Rotting Christ have been my beacon of otherworldliness in heavy metal form. Their surge of success these last few albums is well earned - their inclusion as our cover story, even more so.
As far as the 'new,' we've got the good, exclusive word on rising underground stars Portal, Denouncement Pyre, and Sacriphyx — coincidentally enough, all three bands hail from Australia, but also NOT coincidentally, because ZT has championed the Oz underground from our very start — as well as plenty more that's cold, grim, and/or cult in the up 'n' coming ranks.
But no, we're not finished yet! We've got some more, exclusive word on re-formed cults Imprecation, Supuration, and Centurian. Want more blasts from the past? Well, HEY — maybe you're already turning to the NWOBHM feature in this issue's Inside Information section instead of this prattle? If so, good for you, there's many treasures to behold, all thanks to lifer/superstar Chris Kee. Alas, read on - and feel the warmth!
FREE 17-TRACK COVERMOUNT CD FEATURING
01. Rotting Christ - Kata Ton Demona Eaftou | 02. Necrowretch - Ripping Souls Of Sinners | 03. Vorum - Dance Of Heresy | 04. Darkthrone - Leave No Cross Unturned  | 05. Black Blood Stigmata - Illuminate A New Sky | 06. Deceptor - Heatseeker | 07. Mandroid Of Krypton - The Black Immensities | 08. 3rd Machine - The Egotiator | 09. Mutagenocide - Remeron Nightmares | 10. Akarusa Yami - Life, The Venemous Way | 11. Meat Train - Meat Train | 12. Reflection In Exile - Astray From The Light | 13. Repulsive Aggression - Conflagration | 14. Twice The Trauma - Pig Riders Of Leeholme | 15. Haiduk - Maelstrom | 16. Symbol Of Orion - Exist | 17. Screaming Savior - Star Of Fatality
PROPAGANDANews and ZT sponsored show details
COVER FEATURERotting Christ - extensive 6 page feature!
REGULAR FEATURESPortal | Imprecation | Sacriphyx | Denouncement Pyre | Darkthrone | Cult Of Luna | Fen | Old Corpse Road | Mourning Beloveth | October Falls | Hate | Supuration | Suffocation | Centurian | Voivod
UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTIONUncreation's Dawn | Baptism | Grifteskymfning | Varathron
POWER LINES SECTION | EXPERIMENTAL NOISEActuary | Blitzkrieg Baby | 0cadavernamedalison0 | Orange Annihilator
ANGER BURNING | CRUST / D-BEAT / RAWPUNKDesperat | Zatsuon | System Fucker
RAPID FIREKromosom | Alpha Tiger | Affliction Gate | Serpent Omega | Raven Black Night | Deceptor | Chapel Of Disease | Cnoc An Tursa | Arkham Witch | Ocean Chief | Vorum | Paganland
SENTENCINGAudio reviews | Live reviews
- NWOBHM Nostalgia | Chris Kee takes a trip down memory lane with Raven & Elixir and a whole load of albums!!!
- Artist Profile | Phillip Lawvere
- View From The Bunker | Alan 'Nemtheanga' Averill