Highlights on this issue range from features with some of the top acts of the metal scene, like MIDNIGHT, THANATOS, MY DYING BRIDE, TRAUMA, ANVIL, BLAZE OF PERDITION or the avant-garde amazing act AZURE EMOTE but also covering underground gems like MELEKTAUS, SACRIFIZER, MORTUARY, TERATOMA, WELLSVALLEY or the uprising international super-group BERZERKER LEGION to state just a few.
It also features a label report from the well-known Dutch label HAMMERHEART RECORDS, a mixtape done by NECROPHOBIC drummer JOAKIM STERNER, plus all sort of regular sections and a 76 MINUTES SAMPLER CD featuring songs from bands that will satiate your headbanging needs.
92 pages (A4 – 21 x 29,7 cm)
Full colour glossy paper, cover (135 gr.) inside (90gr.)
76 minutes Sampler CD
2 Posters (A3 size) – CARACH ANGREN / GOD DETHRONED
Almost a decade after the old stench of the emblematic debut album “Satanic Royalty”, the one-man black speed metal band, Midnight, embraces a new period which is celebrated in the form of the fourth album “Rebirth by Blasphemy”. Hiding behind the anonymity of a black hood has given multi-instrumentalist Athenar the possibility of sustaining his profane vision… Music is what matters the most!
MY DYING BRIDE
prove that ageing can actually be a good thing with an amazing new album
underline with their seventh album that they stand for quality above quantity
again leading thrash metal towards social awareness
leaving behind empty tombs with brutal death scars
prove that Polish death metal has become an institution
BLAZE OF PERDITION
the escalation of their own eclectic black metal vision
alchemy is still a source of ominous lumbering rhythms
the obscure threatening ways of Chilean death metal
embracing deep emotions as something inescapable
pharaonic death rites became grandiose again
symphonic black metal with coldness at heart
a warm Iberian pagan metal perspective of the black arts
bringing back the spiteful spiritual essence in metal
hypnotic groovy death journey led by experts
brutality mixed with both groove and grinding sci-fi
southern European black metal with Scandinavian marks
expand their own mazy rhythmic wanderings
recycling death metal for more than 30 years
the growing French answer to grim, raw speed
reviving the period of oppressive force without much hope
in between ganja puffing a new album is born
THE SILENT WAR
Holland’s exceptional example of how to keep blasting since 1984 with no signs whatsoever of ageing or losing any deathly proficiency!
N.O.X. THE NIGHT OF PAN
The Chilean way of enlightenment through the bestial eradication of incorporeal veils that overshadow the self with vile brutality.
EMPTY CYBER LIFE
Destroying all mindless crappy traps that prevent humans from taking into account what really matters. A Spanish thrash attack that breaks all American barriers…
04. BERZERKER LEGION
OBLITERATE THE WEAK
A groovy death metal encounter laid upon a well-oiled international machine with the sole aim to create compositions that provide immediate headbanging impetus.
DIE VERGÄNGNIS ERWACHT
Feel the hate that flows in the veins of this Germanic duo! A proper answer to all those who seek to be plagued by the grim vileness of primal black metal.
The crescendo of the French metal scene just underlines why this quintet should be considered one of the best kept secrets in a country that has many other metal virtues.
07. KEVLAR SKIN
SCOURGE OF HATE
A band that took the time to mature and 4 albums later they have turned into one of the fiercest Spanish death metal institutions!
SIBERIAN HEATHEN HORDE
Freezing times are approaching, it’s a given fact. However, the orchestrations and melodies that the Siberians have crafted on a black metal groundwork can make the difference.
OWNERS OF THE DEATH
An impious manifestation of the ways to destroy the bonds that link humans to senseless revelations through vile desecration.
10. UNBOUNDED TERROR
HIDING FROM THE LIGHT
The return of one of the cult Spanish death metal acts of the early ‘90s with a second album that combines both enthusiasm and liveliness – a recipe for success!
11. NAWABS OF DESTRUCTION
Bangladesh might not be an ideal place for metal, however the duo shows that exoticism and greatness can coexist anywhere.
MASTER OF DISASTER
At a time when the world seems to be a big circus, the Spanish quartet violently squash clown heads with a bat and death metal.
13. JUST DARKNESS
BETWEEN BIRTH AND DEATH
Taking off the hoods of the Russian anonymous duo just to catch a glimpse of uncanny blinding blackness with the certainty that dismay will fade away…
14. THE FLESH TRADING COMPANY
BLACK SPELL CONSPIRACY
Don’t be fooled by the way that the German quintet shares the devil’s potion! In the end, your soul will be collected with a grim smile…
AGAINST HUMANS, AGAINST ANIMALS, AGAINST EVERYTHING
Vaginal penetration of an amelus with a musty carrot…that sounds wickedly fun! Austrian grinding, plain and simple.
After a decade without releasing anything new, the Germans gain a vehemence for the sort of guttural brutality that hides more than meets the eye on the third album.
BLICK AUS EIS
Coldness creates the sort of numbness that, depending on the environment, might culminate in total bleakness. The German quartet walk the path of severe desolation…
Recording in just one take gives the sort of viscerality and liveness that propels the intensity of vicious brutal death metal.
prime selections that require immediate attention
INTO THE DEPTHS WITH
reissuing cult memorabilia from Americans ANACRUSIS
an exquisite audio selection of bands on CD
the rise, fall, and rise again of ‘90s Hammerheart Records
DIARY OF A METALHEAD
ramblings of a mind plagued by the devil’s music
POPCORN NOT ALLOWED
Lovecraftian picks from Cult’s unequivocally jocular psyche
SLICE & DICE
only the strongest will survive our scrutiny
Joakim Sterner shares his fundamental selections
GOD DETHRONED / CARACH ANGREN