Many years ago, at the end of the 1990s when I worked on another well-known, and recently departed music magazine, the then editor would receive, in the post – mildly threatening handwritten letters, in crayon, signed off with a forename and a town in Wales – XXXXXX from XXXXXXX – you get the idea. To say such and such from wherever was disgruntled by some of the editorial choices from time to time is something of an understatement – and I’m pretty certain my mind isn’t playing tricks on me when it recalls a crayon drawing of sheep meeting their fate… Yeah, there was a definite message there in that waxy drawing.
As time passed, XXXXXX’s letters took on a life of their own – in all honesty, there probably weren’t very many of them, but they morphed into office folklore; editorial decisions would provoke a ‘would XXXXXX from XXXXXXX’ approve, while stifling a snigger, shoulders shaking under the strain.
Fast-forward to about 4 years into ZT’s existence, and a disgruntled ‘reader’ starts griping about certain editorial choices. Cradle Of Filth is a particular bone of contention. In fact, a mere mention of the UK’s seminal ’90s black metal band risks us losing this reader’s readership FOREVER we’re told (the trade off seems to be us simultaneously gain a bad mannered penpal in return). But, there’s that niggling feeling; something seems familiar… Scruffy letters with scrawled handwriting… it’s then that I decide to browse this disgruntled reader’s social media… I’m looking for a town. A Welsh one… BINGO!
I reckon my investigative skills are wasted in this job! I’m 99.9999999999% certain this XXXXXX is the same XXXXXX who waged war on that other magazine… Sadly, after further exchanges over the following years XXXXXX’s comments and emails don’t get through our email spam filter any longer so we no longer enter into any conversations. And fortunately, I really couldn’t give a ratsass what XXXXXX or any other keyboard warrior thinks is ‘correct’ within their narrow remit, which is perhaps why welcoming Cradle’s Dani Filth to this issue’s cover feels just that bit sweeter than usual.
Enjoy! Lisa Macey editor
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CD covermount tracklist 16 tracks including new music from Gaahls Wyrd, Somnent, Autokrator, Vomit Division and many more!
Propaganda News and Take 5 with Sodom
Cover Feature Cradle Of Filth
REGULAR FEATURES Gaahls Wyrd | Archgoat | Sarke | Mortiferum | Der Weg Winer Freiheit | Dolde Vorde Ens Navn | Emma Ruth Rundle | Monolord | Omnium Gatherum | Unleashed | Lock Up | Whitechapel | Exodus | Rage
Altars Of Madness | Underground Death Metal Unanimated | Sijjin | Concrete Winds | Eternal Evil | Cenotaph | Savage Deity | Cadaveric Fumes
A Funeral Inquest | The Doom Repository Count Raven | Deber | Goatspalm & Horthodox | Worm
Dark Entries | Experimental Sounds Lull | New Age Doom
Notes From Underground | Dutch Black Metal Doodswens | Vuur & Vijde | Helleruin
Rapid Fire | Short Sharp Shocks! Crom | Extreme Cold Winter | Waltari | Blodtar | A Pale Horse Named Death | Carved In Stone | Under The Church | Necromantia | Shock Wave | Svpremacist | Bonded | Anti-Ritual | Evil Damn | Eternity’s End | Destructo | Nekromant | Morte Incandescente | Craven Idol | Foul Body Autopsy | A Thousand Sufferings | Atræ Bilis
Sentencing Reviews & Release Of The Issue
Moving Targets Live reviews Damnation 2021 reviewed!
Inside Information | Behind The Scenes Label Profile The Flenser Call From The Grave Iron Maiden Part II Y2K onwards… Artist Profile Manfish Inc. Jill Colbert – artwork pictured below.
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