This little note is the final piece of the jigsaw as we wave our 10th anniversary edition off to the printers. I won't lie: I am relieved to see the back of it. I'm also kinda wishing that Nathan hadn't suggested I write the intro to this issue; I've wrestled with what to commit to print as we've been putting the final touches to this milestone, which I hope you'll enjoy reading as much as we've enjoyed putting it together.
Since I'm desperate to upload the very last page to the printers so I can get some sleep and restore my sanity after one of the most significant deadlines of the past decade, it's just as well that a lot of what I might have put in this space has already been said in a special joint interview in the news section with all the magazine's editors, past and present; our former editors, Lee du-Caine and Calum Harvie, also join in with this issue's Soundcheck. What will they make of the eight releases we've singled out? Our enormous review section is where you'll find that out, along with who's been awarded the coveted Release Of The Issue accolade.
Since old friends factor this issue, we're also pleased to give a warm welcome back to an old collaborator as, just like our launch issue, Darkthrone's Fenriz takes pride of place on the cover of this special edition. Not just for our anniversary, mind: slightly longer in the tooth than us, 2014 also marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the band's most celebrated album, Transilvanian Hunger. Who knows, maybe we'll wheel him out again for our shared 20th and 30th anniversaries...
First things first though, cast your eyes to the right for a full list of contents - we even added extra pages to fit it all in! - and be sure to give this issue's covermount CD a damn good listen. Before I shut up and leave you to it, from myself, co-founder Leon Macey, our editor Nathan T. Birk, sub editor Martin Ives, and the rest of the ZT crew, whether you're old or new to the magazine, thanks for reading: without you, it'd be pointless.
FREE 18-TRACK COVERMOUNT CD FEATURING
Department Of Correction | Electric Wizard | Krieg | Dolentia | Aeurtum | Karbonsoul | Sidious | Eastern Front | Unearth | Evilution | Vomitile | Thy Darkened Shade | Serpentfyre | Azelisassath | Fides Inversa | Helk | Myrkur | Witchclan
PROPAGANDANews and ZT sponsored show details
COVER FEATUREFenriz | Darkthrone
REGULAR FEATURES1349 | Krieg | Aeangelist | Anaal Nathrakh | Electric Wizard | Witch Mountain | Myrkur | Alternative 4 | Winterfylleth | Occultation | Horrendous | October 31 | Bethlehem | Cannibal Corpse | Decapitated | Obituary
UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTIONArkha Sva | Wreodan Healh | Taatsi
DARK ENTRIES | DARK AMBIENTGnawed | Theologian | Ben Frost
RAPID FIRESwallowed | Albez Duz | Amulet | Monumentomb | Zom | Innsmouth | Tarnkappe | Monsterworks | Hellish Outcast | Stench
SENTENCINGAudio reviews including the ZT Soundcheck and Release Of The Issue Live reviews
- LABEL PROFILE | Crucial Blast
- ON THE RACK | Khold
- ARTIST PROFILE | Ragnar Axelsson (RAX)
- VIEW FROM THE BUNKER | Nemtheanga's column