Issue 089 Mar/Apr 2019

Vltimas cover feature
The Drowning feature
Malevolent Creation feature
Hecate Enthroned feature
Usurper feature
Rapid Fire section
Inside Info: Label feature
Inside Info: Artist section
Covermount CD tracklisting

The smoke is practically coming off my keyboard as I attempt to cobble together this editorial message while meeting the deadline for this issue. An issue that has been a very enjoyable one to work on – if a bit of a challenge with herding and chasing everyone involved to ensure we’re able to kick this one out the door and off to print so that you can get it in your hands as quickly as possible. I’ve been scratching my head trying to figure out how it’s been possible to get so much in, but our writers – as ever – have pulled out all the stops to ensure we’re able to deliver the most diverse extreme music coverage around. This time we’ve managed to include all four of the special sections we run semi-regularly – the doom, death, black and dark ambient features are a real treat, and alongside an enormous (redesigned) Rapid Fire section, there’s a lot to get your teeth into.

And then there’s the cover. Back in May 2018 I went along, together with a bunch of journalists from across Europe, to Orgone Studios in deepest, darkest… Woburn. It was blazing hot, and producer Gomez threw the doors open while Vltimas were still knocking about after recording, to give us a listen to the then unfinished album. The listening session was shrouded in mystery – Rune Eriksen nodding away, listening intently to the unfinished mix – Flo Mounier leant against the doorway, interjecting between tracks with temporary titles they’d given them; David Vincent, who delivers an exceptional performance across the album, incredibly modest, preferring to sit outside the control room. That there was a lot of head nodding and knowing grins between those journalists present was a dead giveaway that this was going to be very well received on its eventual release…. We all departed, going our separate ways – and then it all went quiet, with a halt being put on any reporting until we received the green light from the label.

Well, it’s felt like bloody ages, which is why it’s with great pleasure that we finally welcome them as Calum Harvie spoke to them in depth for this issue’s cover feature. But whatever you do, don’t refer to them as a supergroup, they won’t thank you for it…

So get stuck in and we’ll see you again on April 26th for no less than our 90th edition! Oh, and Alan ‘Nemtheanga’ Averill’s column will be back next issue if you’re wondering where it is.

Lisa Macey
editor

ISSUE 089 CONTENTS

Propaganda News
Cover Feature Vltimas

REGULAR FEATURES
Overkill | The Drowning | Malevolent Creation | Diabolical | Children Of Bodom | Usurper | Abyssic | Hecate Enthroned | Saor | Týr | Mystifier | Blodhemn | Waylander | Waste Of Space Orchestra | Release Spotlight – Nordvis: Bergraven | Stilla

REGULAR SECTIONS
Altars Of Madness | Underground Death Metal section
Imprecation | Reversed | Okkultist | Saltas | Opprobrium | Crematory Stench

A Funeral Inquest | The Doom Repository
Seer | Pulchra Morte | Maestus

Notes From Underground  | Unearthing French Black Metal
Goats Of Doom | Disciples Of The Void | Letheria

Rapid Fire | Short Sharp Shocks!
Vircolac | Forged In Black | Fallujah | Ossuarium | Pounder | Traveler | Chainbreaker | Endon | Nightrage | A.A. Williams | Horndal | Vanum | Walls Of Blood | Graves | Lucifera | Devil Worshipper | Falgar | Solar Temple

Sentencing
Reviews

Inside Information | Behind The Scenes 
Label Profile Godz Ov War
On The Rack John Petrucci, Dream Theater
Call From The Grave Candlemass
View From The Bunker Alan ‘Nemtheanga’ Averill’s column

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