Welcome to issue 083.
So what more can I add? Well, as you have already noted, we're pleased to welcome Ireland's Primordial for this issue's cover treatment. It wasn't such a hard choice going on their stunning new album Exile Amongst The Ruins, which is (staggeringly) no less than their ninth full-length in their 27-year(!) history, and one that rings something of a sonic change for the band that's kind of hard to put your finger on. Frontman and lyricist A.A. Nemtheanga probably best describes this 'change' as a sense of "urgency" during his conversation with Calum Harvie, but you'll have the chance to hear it and decide for yourself at the end of March on its release. It's an involved (and dare I say, easy to listen to / accessible) piece of work, and one that reveals subtle intricacies with each listen (plus the odd earworm or two, especially where 'Stolen Years' is concerned). For now though you'll have to take our word that it's worth the wait.
From one outspoken artist to another, we're also pleased to welcome Philip H. Anselmo this issue, yet again speaking to veteran workaholic Calum Harvie. In fact, I did have a bit of sympathy for our Calum as his interviews with Nemtheanga and Phil Anselmo took place within just hours of one another, so by the time he'd come off the phone to these two he was in need of a bit of a lie down - during which time, to his relief, it was someone else's turn to ring in the interviews, which they did in numbers - the results of which can be seen to the right.
Before I sign off, I should also draw your attention to the new underground death metal section, namely Altars Of Madness, and review column, Platters Of [S]platter, curated by new (to ZT at least) writer Olivier 'Zoltar' Badin. Much like the black metal and dark ambient sections, these pages will regularly reach into death metal's hardest to reach crevices to extract some of its dirtiest secrets, and we hope you'll get a lot out of it. Anyway, that's me done for now, see you in late-April for issue 084.
Covermount CD - 14 tracks! Crescent | Cypecore | Norn | Israthoum | Phantom Winter | Cardinalls Folly | The Chapter | King Witch | Shakma | Foul Body Autopsy | Godthyrmm | Terran Spacers | Grimner | Black Wizard
PROPAGANDANews | Column | ZT Sponsored Shows
REGULAR FEATURESTribulation | King Witch | Pestilence | Memoriam | Philip H. Anselmo & The Ilegals | Chaos Echoes | Esocctrilihum | On Thorns I Lay | Orphaned Land | Earthless | My Silent Wake | Amenra | Black Moth | Cardinals Folly
UGBM | UNDERGROUND BLACK METALVargrav | Veiled | Domgard | Eigenlicht | Maquahuitl | Obskuritatem
UGDM | UNDERGROUND DEATH METALGalvanizer | Ataraxy | Usurpress | Druid Lord | Whipstriker | Mortiferum
DARK ENTRIES | DARK AMBIENTAstral & Shit | Stromstad
RAPID FIREChrch | Malady | Candle | Foul Body Autopsy | Crescent | Painted Doll | Ungfell | Monolithe | Demonomancy | Black Wizard | Godthrymm | Insect Ark | Bhleg
SENTENCINGAudio reviews including the ZT Soundcheck and Release Of The Issue Live reviews
- EXHUME TO CONSUME | Perished
- LABEL PROFILE | Cruz del Sur
- ON THE RACK | Ministry's Al Jourgensen
- ARTISTRY | Anna Levytska
- VIEW FROM THE BUNKER | Alan Averill