ISSUE 63 | NEWYEAR, 2015
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Editorial Message

By the time you read this, 2014 will have given way to 2015. That means we are now halfway through the Noughteens. Think about that for a moment. We are halfway through a decade now. I don't know about you, but the passing of time (and all of its crimes) is kinda scary when you really think about it. The clock keeps ticking; the pressure to live - and to live life to the fullest, making every minute count - is ever present. But do we? Did we last year? If not, will we this coming year? Time doesn't care either way, because that clock will keep on ticking eternally.

In many ways, Venom embody both elements of this conundrum: their music (and particularly their first three, pioneering LPs) is eternal to legions across the world, and with the release of their brand-new album,From The Very Depths, it appears that they indeed are living life to the fullest and making every minute count here. Sure, the preceding Fallen Angels saw Venom on the ascent, but already, From The Very Depths is being hailed as their best album in forever - surely, a fire's been lit and now it's burning even brighter. The two albums are nearly four years apart, too, and Venom are receiving their second ZT cover story in that same span of time. This time, we sent ageless metal warrior Chris Kee to get the lowdown on what's making Venom sound so vital lately despite their quite advanced age. Perhaps not surprisingly, Cronos and crew look forward more often than they do backward.

And hey, ZT is living life to the fullest, too: we're very proud to announce that, starting this issue, we'll be upping our print schedule to eight issues a year instead of six! That's roughly a new issue every six weeks, so we'll be even more timely now, and of course continue to provide the same thorough, thought-provoking content you've come to love. Because, y'know, we love you, too!

Nathan T. Birk, Editor
nathan@ztmag.com

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Venom | Ascension | Kjeld | Dysangelium | Akem Manah | De Profundis | Godhole | Napalm Death | Sylosis | Pythia | Gevaudan | Hateful Abandon | Vivius Humare | Unfathomed Abyss | Veilburner | Letallis | My Wooden Pillow

MAGAZINE CONTENTS

PROPAGANDA

News and ZT sponsored show details

COVER FEATURE

Cronos | Venom

REGULAR FEATURES

Voices | Archgoat | Marduk | Satan's Host | Desolate Shrine | Volahn | Atomic Aggression | Ascension | Armageddon | Stargazer | Hateful Abandon | Callisto | Cretin | Napalm Death | Ensiferum | Hate & Thulcandra

UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTION

Hetroertzen | Dysangelium | Vivus Humare

DARK ENTRIES | DARK AMBIENT

Sewer Goddess | Atmans Unreal | Northaunt

ANGER BURNING | RAW-PUNK - CRUST - D-BEAT

Halshug | Disguise | Rat's Blood

RAPID FIRE

Veilburner | Winds Of Genocide | Bones | Hands Of Orlac | Sumac | Dead In The Manger | Legion Of Andromeda | Visigoth | Sylosis

SENTENCING

2014 Readers' Poll Results! Audio reviews including the ZT Soundcheck and Release Of The Issue Live reviews

INSIDE INFORMATION

  • LABEL PROFILE | Terror LT
  • ON THE RACK | Blind Guardian
  • ARTIST PROFILE | Paulsen & Solve
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