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CHOICE GUTS

BLODDY CHUNKS OF THE CULT. THE KVLT AND THE FRESHLY DEAD

DARKHER

“I BOOKED THE CHURCH TO RECORD IN – THEN THE CHURCH FLOODED”

This isn’t doom. This isn’t goth. This is a bitter sweet sonic taste perhaps best described as gloom. Shrouded by timeless imagery and long flowing hair, meet the mysterious woman who previously whet our appetites with her dark and dramatic 2013 EP ‘The Kingdom Fields.’ Now finally ready to unleash her debut album ‘Realms’, Darkher (AKA Jayn Wissenburg) explains what kept us waiting for so long.

“It takes me four times longer to do a release than anybody else, because I do it all myself. I do everything. I record drums and heavier guitars in a local church on location. Everything else I do in my own studio at home, I’ve got a little booth so I record guitars and vocals in there. Then I painstakingly mix it at home on my own. It’s been a hell of a long process, that’s why it took me over a year to put it all together. I like to live with my songs for a long time too, to dwell on the ideas, as I don’t want my inspiration to become diluted. So the whole experience has been pretty intense. Before making this album I would say that I preferred doing everything myself, but now I think I’d rather do a record with someone else. If it’s going to be a big production with big instrumentation, there’s just so much to organise.”

It doesn’t help when Mother Nature gets in the way of her lone wolf approach, either.

“I booked the church to record in – then the church flooded,” she says. “We had the most horrendous floods in December, we had a power cut for a day, the whole town was cut off, it was pretty apocalyptic. We lost our rehearsal space, our church for recording, it was all a bit Biblical and dramatic! When this happened, I thought to myself I can’t do this all by myself again, I’m done.”

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Devin Townsend: it’s a name synonymous with heavy and extreme metal, and also a name associated with the occasional foray into acoustic and country albums, not to mention albums featuring coffee loving puppets! And of course, who could forget his very own dedication to this here mag he created a few years ago with his mighty ‘Terrorizer’ song – only Onslaught had ever done a homage to a metal mag before this, if memory serves me correctly. There’s something for everyone, which is something rare in many musician’s repertoires. Devin’s enjoyed and created a rather unique musical path and 25 albums in, it’s awesome to see that this month, there are no signs of him letting up. Read all about what he’s been up to over the past few years and how he’s feeling about life in our cover story. Elsewhere this issue is jam packed with a delectable array of quality bands including plenty of UK bands – Akercocke, The Wounded Kings, Slomatics, Coltsblood, and Iron Witch – and plenty of worldwide ones too. Extreme music, no boundaries! See you next month. Darren Sadler
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