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REALMOF THE DAMNED

Behemoth, Mayhem and Emperor cross over into the world of comics, with the launch of a new graphic novel spanned by former Candlelight Records owner and Plastichead Music guru STEVE BEATY

There’s a pretty good chance that comic books aren’t ready for black metal. We aren’t referring to the surface level stuff here – the imagery and the themes, that’s been incestuously simmering between the panels for decades now – we’re talking about the attitude, the danger and the empowerment. With market leaders Marvel and DC clinging desperately onto life with its creativelybarren characters and fan-servicing publishing plans, comics – once considered to be the corrupter of children and harbingers of malcontent – have become pretty placid. That’s something October File bassist and Candlelight Records owner Steve Beatty could not stand for.

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It’s always an interesting proposition to see how a band progresses from working with true, cult indie labels to working with multi-national major labels. How money can transform a pure idea into (potentially) a much bigger entity and consumerbased product; can an idea, a sound, an image transcend into the broader palette without being spoiled from its original form? Or does it really matter at all what label a band is on these days? Do you, the reader and listener, truly care if an artist releases music on an indie or via the corporate bigwig? It is all business, no matter who is controlling the purse strings. Why am I pondering this right now? I guess it’s because our cover stars this month are the mighty Purson. No stranger to these pages, it’s wonderful to see Purson really coming of age on their new album, the major label released ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’. It’s a great follow-up to their previous, indie released debut and really captures a band who mean business (again). Nothing has changed in that sense regardless of the label behind the band, and frankly, they were always going to end up on a Terrorizer cover because their music rocks and they thoroughly deserve the accolade. We hope you enjoy their latest story as much as we have enjoyed producing it. As always, the rest of this issue has been a joy to create and features some of the best bands in the extreme and underground metal scenes. Never enough pages as I’d like to write about every band myself and the team love, but it’s entirely flash-in-the-pan/fad-free and that’s the main thing, right?! See you next month! Darren Sadler, Editor
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