ISSUE 57 | FEB/MAR, 2014
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HEAVY METAL. Two simple words, both noun and adjective loaded with so much meaning. Unbending, unbreakable - and unyielding, in both senses of the word. The more the world changes, the more heavy metal stays the same. And the more heavy metal changes, the more it stays the same...right? Arguments can be made on both sides, but there's no disputing Grand Magus' now-firm standing in the grand pantheon of heavy metal. Since the beginning of this millennium, these Swedish stalwarts have continually, subtly perfected their unbending/unbreakable craft, honouring metal's traditions by doing one thing - Being A Heavy Metal Band - but being the very best they can at it. And goddamn if they haven't surpassed the level of 'the very best' with their larger-than-life new album, Triumph And Power. So aptly titled that it's almost ridiculous, Triumph And Power is a gargantuan work which plays out like a veritable jukebox of classic heavy metal values. Some will laugh at it, but they'd be missing the point - and they weren't meant to in the first place. POSERS LEAVE THE HALL: only Grand Magus remains. And remains unbending, unbreakable...

'Unbending' and 'unbreakable' are at least two descriptives which can be applied to the wider South American metal scene - and more specifically, its extreme variant. And once again, we send Alex de Moller and his partner Andres Castros out into the wild to scour beneath the remains and report back with THE history of extreme South American metal. Trust me: this absolutely EXCLUSIVE special you'll find within our Inside Info section is guaranteed to be the most thorough and thought-provoking treatment of the subject yet. Both men went to great lengths to make this happen, and we are rewarded a hundredfold. Not to mention brand-new (and frankly unbeatable) installments of UGBM, Power Lines, and Anger Burning, as well as the biggest review section you're gonna find in a HEAVY METAL magazine. The new year's just begun and already ZT has thrown down the gauntlet...unbending, unbreakable.

Nathan T. Birk, Editor
nathantbirk@ztmag.com

FREE 15-TRACK COVERMOUNT CD FEATURING

Behemoth - Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel | Valkyrja - Eulogy (Poisoned, Ill And Wounded) | Diabolical - World In Silence | Tortorum - Severance And Perseverance | One Hour Hell - Endless Rape | Basement Torture Killings - Kill For Satan | Acheron - Raptured To Divine Perversion | Savage Messiah - Hellblazer | Reprisal - Kill The Brain | Hell-On - The Hunt | Acid Shark - Acid Shark | Sammath - Nineteen Corpses Hang In The Mist | Syphor - Frozen Soul | Asherah - Mojave | Bong - Polaris

MAGAZINE CONTENTS

PROPAGANDA

News and ZT sponsored show details

COVER FEATURE

Grand Magus

REGULAR FEATURES

Behemoth | Alghazanth | Lvcifyre | Arvas | Mortifera | Savage Messiah | Dark Forest | Acheron | Basement Torture Killings | Sister | Cynic | Alcest | Sunn O))) / Ulver | Nocturnal Grave | Indie Recordings Release Spotlight | Kampfar / Iskald

UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTION

Profezia | Graveborne | Lake Of Blood

ANGER BURNING | RAWPUNK | CRUST | D-BEAT

Crime Desire | Boston Strangler | Rort

POWER LINES | EXPERIMENTAL NOISE

Paavoharju | Svartvit | Bloodyminded

RAPID FIRE

Cancerous Womb | Nigromante | Kauan | Stahlsarg | Sheol | Nebelung | One Past Zero | Culted | Lord Fist | Slutvomit

SENTENCING

Audio reviews including the ZT Soundcheck and Release Of The Issue Live reviews

INSIDE INFORMATION

  • LABEL PROFILE | Pesanta Urfolk/li>
  • ON THE RACK | The Wounded Kings
  • ARTIST PROFILE | Paolo 'Madman' Girardi
  • THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF... Extreme South American Metal!
  • VIEW FROM THE BUNKER | Nemtheanga's column
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