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THE FINAL FRONTIER

LINE-UP CHANGES, DYING HARD-DRIVES AND COLLAPSED LUNGS–SLABDRAGGER HAVE HAD A TOUGH TIME RECORDING ALBUM NUMBER TWO, BUT WITH ‘RISE OF THE DAWNCRUSHER’, THEY ARE FINALLY READY TO BLAST OFF INTO SPACE…

It’s been five long, hard years since this London doom trio dragged their first slab of sonic goodness, ‘Regress’, out of guitarist/vocalist Sam Thredder’s own Cro’s Nest Studio, and in that time, it’s come to be seen as something of a modern day classic amongst the more discerning devotees of slow ‘n’ low sonic filth. The band’s journey to get to their second record has been fraught with peril, but we’ll get to that later – let’s just take a second to rejoice that this thing even exists at all.

“When we first decided to write our second album, Sam and I sat down and started with where we had left off with ‘Regress’,” begins bassist/vocalist Yusuf Tary. “When you look at ‘Regress’ themes, it has a very ‘earthy’ presence that you feel in the sounds, the lyrics and the artwork. Songs like ‘Trichome Oddyssey’ about epic journeys in the Himalayas or ‘Bab El-Mandeb’ and ‘Splice The Mainbrace’, both based on stories at sea etc., so I said, ‘Let’s go to space’. Sam had this idea of doing a concept record describing the visual journey of what it would be like to fly from space through all the layers of planet Earth, through the core and then back out the other side back into space – have songs about the crust, mantle, outer and inner core. As time went on, we thought ‘fuck it’ and went from this original idea into a science fiction space adventure about a gargantuan, mythological spaceship called the Dawncrusher, a ship designed to drill through planets and extract its core for resources. As you can tell, the recreational use of marijuana may or may not have been present during the albums thematic conception.”

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There are certain times in history that will always remain special in your heart throughout your life. People often talk about the first time they have seen a certain band and I am no exception. It’s been a blessing to have had the opportunity to see so many bands in my life and, if pushed, I could recount many. After a number of false starts to actually see Neurosis in a live setting, I remember finally getting the chance to see them for the first time at Dudley JB’s with Today Is The Day (featuring Bill Kelliher and Brann Dailor, who would later form Mastodon) and Voivod (with Eric Forrest). The hall was cavernous, certainly not overly busy in terms of punters, and yet the sonics that blasted through the speakers that night could not have sounded any more apocalyptic. Truly jawdropping and, frankly, life-changing. I know I am not the only one who has experienced similar and for that reason, it is a pleasure to celebrate Neurosis’ 30th anniversary with a cover feature that covers the band’s continuing career. José Carlos Santos has excelled himself as always in producing a fantastic article with Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till and I truly hope you love reading it. Elsewhere it’s always a pleasure to chat to Karl Willetts from Bolt Thrower and now of his new band Memoriam – please flick to the news pages to read about the new band now! And of course, plenty of other cool-as-fuck bands to read about and enjoy. See you next month! Adios DARREN SADLER
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