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INTO THE GRAVE

IN THE LATEST INSTALMENT OF OUR MONTHLY DEATH METAL ROUND-UP, WE CHAT TO DAVE INGRAM ABOUT HIS DEPARTURE FROM BENEDICTION AND HIS NEW BAND WITH ROGGA JOHANSSON, ECHELON, FIND OUT WHAT SONNE ADAM’S MEMBERS ARE UP TO NOW WITH NEW PROJECT VENOMOUS SKELETON AND CATCH UP WITH FRANCE’S RITUALIZAT ION TO DISCUSS THEIR DEVASTATING DEBUT ALBUM
ECHELON

Dave Ingram is a flippin’ legend, hands down. Born in 1969, he was only 21 when he joined Benediction to replace Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway who had just decamped to Napalm Death. He did various EPs and four albums with them, during which he moved to Denmark and then joined Bolt Thrower in the trenches between 1998 and 2004 before adopting a low profile, only disturbed by an album with the littleknown Downlord in 2007. Yet ever since Rogga Johansson convinced him to return from retirement in 2013 for Down Among the Dead Men, he’s been busier than ever, appearing on records from Megascavenger, Just Before Dawn and Vindicator before officially joining Hail Of Bullets last May. He’s also once again teamed up with Johansson for Echelon, a project that initially started out as a duo but later on morphed into an actual band, with one American drummer and two extra Swedes. “I left England in May ’98 when I was still a member of Benediction at the time, ” Dave begins. “Details have been released elsewhere as to why I left but – in a nutshell – I wasn’t happy with being kept out of the information loop within the band and management. I had met my wife-to-be there in ’95 and she’s from Denmark so I decided to move there, but being away meant things in that sense had to be stricter. They weren’t, so I quit. It was about three months after my last shows with them that I got a call from Bolt Thrower asking me to join. After Downlord, I began to produce an online show called Metal Breakfast Radio and eight and a half years later it is still airing. I also made a big band jazz show, something else I love, for about five years, too. Down Among The Dead Men came about after one of those guest spots for Rogga, which led to me and him also doing Echelon.” If the latter’s second album ‘The Brimstone Aggrandizement’ isn’t much of a departure from the kind of death metal both him and Johansson have become known for, its concept is in a way, relating to Ingram’s own spiritual awakening and Church Of Satan membership since the late ’90s. “Like our first album (2015’s ‘Indulgence Over Abstinence Behind The Obsidian Veil’), it’s about Satanism. I’m tired of reading so many other bands’ lyrics that were allegedly about Satanism, but had no bearing on it whatsoever. It’s too rare that a band got it correct. Echelon’s lyrics are about Satanism, by a Satanist. I tried to make them as accessible as possible, to avoid misinterpretation.” And he’s just getting started. Not one to rest on his laurels, Dave’s half-way done with the next Down Among The Dead Men album (set to be called ‘… And You Will Obey Me’), has another project going with Jonny Petterson from Wombbath in the can called Ursinne and is ready to start researching lyrics for his debut recording with Hail Of Bullets. Welcome back sir!

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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
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