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French post-black metal act ALCEST have been seducing UK audiences in support new record ‘Kodama’ recently, so TERRORI ZER met up with founding member NIEGE to talk spirituality, nature and his love of Japan


“I am quite against religion even though I am quite a spiritual person. I don’t think the two are compatible. It’s very rare to find a religious person who really gets the meaning of being a spiritual being – there are so many things that religion and faith have been used for other than the purpose of just being connected with something higher. I have had these experiences when I was young and have been reading a lot of books about astral journeys and people visiting different planes of existence, but it never really answered my questions and that’s fine. Maybe if I have the answer I will stop being inspired. It’s like a quest to be connected with this otherworldly side I feel less connected to as I get older. I still have a part of myself that is disconnected from this world and connected to another and Alcest is my way of connecting with that. I have a couple of dreams but mostly it was when I was awake. I have memories that are not of this world, it was so strange. I had such overwhelmingly strong feelings of being in a peaceful place where you feel warmth and everything is shiny and there is a melody floating in the air. A lot of people talk about things like this when they take psychedelic drugs but I was not on anything as I was very young. In many religions they have a place where the soul goes to rest between two lives. I wonder if that is the place I remember.”

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I have never come across someone in the metal community who doesn’t love Bolt Thrower – arguably one of the UK’s most well-loved institutions of the last (almost) 30 years. But the band is no more and we are left with a brilliant legacy in the guise of the band’s back catalogue. Their albums conjure up some really amazing memories for me; from seeing them back in the day at shows in Wrexham and Birmingham, but also my teenage years, hanging out with friends and listening to vinyl, smoking fags, drinking tea and marvelling both at the amazing artwork and of course their savage riffs and beats. But out of that band has emerged a fantastic NEW band in the guise of Memoriam, and it’s a friggin’ honour to have them on the cover of this month’s issue. This is not about nostalgia however, this is a new start, a new beginning. I have been privy to hear their debut album for quite a few months now and it’s so good. This is a band who have started a new path of their own and whose members are forging ahead with fresh creativity. Exciting times ahead – and I truly hope you enjoy reading all about their story thus far, straight from their own collective mouths. Elsewhere, as always, there’s a load of amazing interviews about amazing bands both new and established to read through and discover, that’ll keep you from thinking about all the fucked up shit that’s happening world-wide right now. Thanks for picking up a copy – without you, the readers, Terrorizer is nothing! See you next month. Darren Sadler